BRAHMAVAR: Daniel Monteiro, internationally renowned philatelist and a proud member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Brahmavar, seeks to enter “Guinness Record” by displaying about 5,000 postal stamps of birds of over 170 species in the exhibition ‘Birdpex–2011’held on Dec 7, at St. Mary Syrian Orthodox Cathedral community Hall. It’s a solo exhibition that is held for the first time in Asia. The exhibition features some of the rare postal stamps from Monteiro’s collection.
Deputy Commissioner of Udupi Dist. Dr M T Reju inaugurated the exhibition. The occasion was graced by Vicar General of St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral and OSC Educational Society correspondent, Fr. Ramban G M Scaria. SMS College principal Professor K Narayan presided over the program. the guest list included SP Dr Ravikumar, Mangalore Urban Development Authority commissioner Ajit Kumar Hegde ,Brahmavar Little Rock English Medium School principal Professor Mathew , Dakshina Kannada Philatelists’ Association president M K Krishnayya and Kudremukh Wildlife Division–Karkala deputy conservator of forests Prakash S Natalkar
‘India Book of Records’ adjudicator Dr Ramachandran felicitated Monteiro for creating a new record.
Stamps of waterfowls, herons, songbirds, woodpeckers, cuckoos, bustards, water birds, birds of prey, owls, hornbills, pelicans, terns, and other birds were displayed along with relevant information. Some of the stamps are over a century old and are very precious.
This exhibition has created Limca record for a second time and also the India Book of Record, for his International level creditable achievements in the field of birds’ philately
Daniel Monteiro – profile
Daniel Monteiro is a resident of Kumaragodu near Brahmavar in Udupi taluk and an ardent stamp-collector.
An employee of the SMS College, Brahmavar, Daniel has been a keen bird-watcher and lover of the Environment. With a staggering collection of 8,000-plus stamps on birds, he has taken part in over 150 philatelic exhibitions in different parts of India as also countries like Singapore, Austria, Indonesia, Belgium, China, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and South Africa.
Daniel has won ten silver and bronze medals at the global level and 30-plus gold and silver medals at the national level for his collection. A large part of his collection has birds and ornithology as their theme. His collection of 8,000 stamps exclusively on birds won accolades at the ‘Featherpex 2009′. He has been honored by over 30 organizations and institutions so far.
A passionate stamp-collector for over two decades, he has taken part as resource person in many workshops on the Environment and also philately.
He has also participated in wildlife awareness program held by the department of forests in Udupi, Karkala, Moodbidri, Madikeri, Bhadravati and Shimoga. His write-ups on birds have appeared in many newspapers, periodicals and souvenirs.
News sent in: Fr. Noel Lewis