JAMMU, Mar 8: An exhibition of rare collection of cultural artifacts like coins, postal stamps, revenue stamps and other legal documents was organized in Jammu to paid homage to late Ravinder Nath Kohli, who had a passion of exploring history and heritage by collecting the rare artifacts.
The exhibition was organized by Chetan Kohli, son of late Ravinder Nath Kohli at his residence in Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. The occasion was graced by several academicians, civil society members and cultural activists who paid tribute to late Ravinder Nath Kohli.
The life time achievement of late Kohli in the form of the collection of rare postal stamps, revenue documents and coins of several emperors of Mughal era, British era and of Dogra rulers were on display in the exhibition. Revenue stamps of several Jagirs of Jammu and Kashmir and letters from 19th century onwards were also exhibited.
Some Nawabs imagined themselves as ‘rulers of the country bestowed by the Almighty’ so must have been some other Rajas. This fact comes to light through the stamps and coins displayed in the exhibition. It was a great surprise to know from the letters displayed in the exhibition that same day delivery of letters in 1914 from Shah Almi gate to Mastgarh Jammu was in force.
Prominent people who attended the exhibition include Munir-ul-Islam (Director Archives J&K UT), Saleem Beg (Intach convener J&K), Samir Bharti (Member, Public Service Commission J&K UT), Showket Zargar (former Municipal Commissioner Srinagar), S M Sahni (Intach Jammu chapter), Pardeep Gandotra (former Director J&K bank), Joginder Saraf and Mohit Oswal (leading businessmen), Dr Suresh Abrol (Director MCC Jammu), Ashish Gupta (renowned Region Collector) and Ramesh Chander (Artist).
Speaking on the occasion, Munir-ul-Islam said the collection of late Kohli is ideally in need of an academic research project. We need to celebrate such lives and give them the honour and recognition they deserve, he added.