In April 2019, Indonesia released a commemorative stamp on Ramayana to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relation between India and Indonesia. Designed by the famous Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta, the stamp illustrates Jatayu fearlessly fending off Ravana to save Sita. The design denotes how a true friend comes to the rescue in times of distress. Limited edition covers were sold during the Inaugural function that was jointly hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of India in Jakarta. A specially signed cover is showcased at the Philately Museum in Jakarta. Several esteemed dignitaries from both the nations attended this function.
The stamp celebrates the cultural bond between the two nations which is centuries old. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Indonesia in May 2018 and the official logo for the 70th anniversary was revealed at the National Museum in Jakarta. The decision for releasing a postage stamp and organizing a series of other functions was taken during this visit. Several efforts have been taken by both nations to maintain their bilateral relations over 70 long years. A Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was arranged in May 2018.
A special photo exhibit was on display at the inaugural event, highlighting India-Indonesia bilateral ties from 1949 to 2019. From President Soekarno's participation as Chief Guest at India's first Republic Day to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last year, the exhibit is truly amazing. It was shifted to the National Museum at Jakarta from 25th April to 5th May 2019 for public viewing. An Indian cultural troupe named “Chhau group” performed a cultural dance and Indian folk songs.
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Image Courtesy: Department of Posts of Indonesia
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