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Launching of Stamps on 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Posted on: October 02, 2018 | Back | Print

Embassy of India in Brasilia celebrated the150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in coordination with Correios, Brazil, at Naval Club, Brasilia. On this auspicious day, the Indian Embassy launched two postage stamps in partnership with Correios, Brazil. One stamp in the honour of Gandhiji and the other to commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between our two friendly countries.

The event was attended by about 200 distinguished guests including Ambassadors, members of diplomatic community, academia, officials of Correios, Brazil, prominent Brazilian Defence officials and members of Indian community.  The guests included a Deputy Minister rank official from the Institutional Security Cabinet of the President, Brazil. The event showcased glimpses of the life of Mahatma Gandhi as well as from prominent events in the 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Brazil.  The stamps were formally launched by the Ambassador of India to Brazil, Shri Ashok Das, his spouse Dr Erika Das and the President of Correios, Mr. Carlos Fortner.  Some of the favourite devotional songs and Bajans of Gandhiji including ‘Vaishnav Jan to’ were played. The highlight being a rendition of this famous Bhajan by Gilberto Gil, a prominent Brazilian singer, composer and former Minister of Culture who is a household name in Brazil. A brief cultural program was organized which included a performance of Indian classical instrumental music on Tabla, Sitar and Tanpura by talented local Brazilian artists.

 Ambassador Ashok Das in his speech highlighted the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and emphasized the considerable progress that India and Brazil have made in their bilateral and multilateral engagements. He mentioned about the immense similarities and prospects for a bright future for fruitful engagements between the two countries.

The President of Correios, Brazil, Mr. Carlos Fortner in his speech paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi highlighting that he was an inspiration not only for Indians but for the whole world. He observed that India and Brazil have a centuries old relationship as borne by the fact that some of the popular Brazilian fruits like Mango and Jackfruit came to Brazil from India, just like Cashew was taken to India from Brazil.

The guest were also treated to some delicious Indian as well as Brazilian cuisine