The Department of Posts marked the 80th year of Kannada cinema on Monday by releasing special cover bearing the image of Subbaiah Naidu in Sati Sulochana, the first Kannada talkie movie.
Veena Srinivas, Postmaster General, Karnataka Postal Circle (Business, Development and Mails), released the special cover in the presence of Kannada film industry representatives, such as H.D. Gangaraju, president, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), actor-producer Jaimala, actor Srinagara Kitty, Principal Secretary Department of Information Niranjan and Director Information, N. Vishu Kumar.
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The Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, which declared March 3 as Kannada Cinema Day in 2013, celebrated the event by organising an exhibition of postal stamps on Indian cinema and still-photographs of Kannada films, which traces the history of Kannada cinema, at Rangoli Art Centre on Mahatma Gandhi Road.
The philatelic exhibition has stamps on stalwarts of Indian cinema, such as Dada Saheb Phalke, Prithviraj Kapoor, V. Shantaram, K.L. Saigal, Nargis, Raj Kapoor, M.G. Ramachandran, N.T. Rama Rao, S.S. Vasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, S.D. Burman and Kannada’s own Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan. The photo exhibition has exhibits from Sati Sulochana to the landmark films released in 2013.