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BS Yediyurappa releases Dr. Rajkumar's stamp

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Kannada matinee idol late Dr. Rajkumar has been honoured with many big titles before and after his death. Now one more honour has come in late actors way after BS Yediyurappa (BS Yeddyurappa) released a commemorative postage stamp of Rs 5 denomination as a tribute to late Kannada actor to mark Karnataka Rajyothsava.

After releasing the Rajkumar's stamp, the Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa thanked the Central Government for bringing out the stamp in recognition of Rajkumar"s contribution to the Kannada filmdom. He said, "The life sketch of Raj Kumar is a model to the people of Karnataka. He showed his class and remained as a Dhruva Taara (Pole Star) in the field of cinema. His achievement are unparalleled."

Chief Postmaster General (Karnataka Circle), M P Rajan said that M Vishweshwaraiah was the first Kannada personality to have received the honour and Rajkumar was the 31st to have face on post stamp. He further said that Rajkumar's stamp, which would be priced at Rs 5, would be available in all post offices in the State from November 3. Stamps would be available for sales for about six months.

The President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Dr. Jayamala said, "Rajkumar ruled the industry like a colossus and was instrumental in charting the growth of the industry. He created a big viewership for Kannada films. And he also guided the Kannada film industry in times of need and showed that good cinema made with moral values and commitment can succeed at the box office."

Dr. Rajkumar's wife Parvathamma Rajkumar and his sons Shivaraj Kumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar and Puneet Rajkumar were also present on the occasion of stamp release. Raj family thanked the government for recognising his service to Kannada language. Parvathamma said, "This is really a great honour to Dr. Raj. I'm grateful to the people those who have worked in this regard."

However, the function was attended by thousands of film personalities like big directors, producers and actors including senior actress Jayanti.

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