It is a rare tribute for a Hindi writer. Even 38 years after his death, legendry poet Sumitranandan Pant has an overwhelming support. Nearly 3 lakh commemorative stamps on him were sold out within two weeks of their release.
The postal department re-leased a stamp on Pant, the torch-bearer of the ‘chhaya-wad’ (neo-romanticism) era in the Hindi literature, on December 23, 2015. The move was praised by the stamp collectors of Allahabad as Pant’s most creations were born here.
The commemorative and one-time release is in heavy demand from city philatelists here. Philatelic Bureau in-charge RN Shukla said, “The overwhelming public response, especially by young collectors, can be gauged by the fact that the collection was sold out within two weeks of its release.”
Sumitra Nandan Pant, a great writer, published collections of poems, ‘Veena’ and ‘Pallav’ in the Sangam City. He author-ed 28 collections of poetry, es-says and plays. These included Chidambara, Veena, Pallav, Gunjan, Yugant, Lokayant, Kala aur Boodha Chand. He was given Padma Bhusan in 1961 and Gyanpeeth in 1968.