Ganesh Pradhan, President Sikkim Philatelic Society on the behalf of the club has congratulated the young budding philatelists from Sikkim that had bagged five medals at the recent National Philatelic Exhibition held at Okhla, New Delhi. Sikkim had won Silver and three Bronze Medals in the Senior Category along with another Bronze in Youth Section.
Ganesh Pradhan in his message had said that Sikkim was represented by 9 philatelists which had as many as six philatelists participating in a National event for the first time. Roshan Prasad who had won the Sapphire Award at Vadodara in December 2009 managed the lone Silver for the State for his collection on “Cricket” while Shital Pradhan who also had won a Sapphire Award at Vadodara in December 2009 went on to win two Bronze medals in philatelic display for his exhibit on “Sikkim through Philately” as well as in Philatelic literature competition for his article on “Sikkim Rocket mail”. Deepen Pradhan went on to collect a bronze for his collection on “Pre Independence Stamps of India”. Sristikaa Pradhan, daughter of Shital Pradhan added the fourth Bronze for Sikkim with her collection on “Buddha” in youth category. The other participants to participate on the event were Ganesh Pradhan, Padam Parajuli, Sudarshan Pradhan, Sumnima Parajuli and Sushil Karthak.
It has also been mentioned that the National Philatelic event at Delhi had many “first” for the small state of Sikkim. The highest number of philatelists (9) from Sikkim represented the state at National event, out of which two were girls. Roshan Prasad became the first Sikkimese to win a Silver medal at National event. Shital Pradhan became the first Sikkimese to win a medal at National Philatelic Literature Competition. Sristikaa Pradhan became the first girl from Sikkim to win a medal at National Event.
Dipok Dey, eminent philatelist from Kolkata, person behind the Philatelic development of Sikkim have congratulated the young team of Sikkim for their wonderful achievement at National scene, read the press release.