From stamps to rare coins, Kannur man's auto museum woos all
Payyanur: An auto-rickshaw named ‘Sreelakshmi’ has been making heads turn at Payannur in Kannur. The speciality of the autorickshaw is that literally, it’s a museum on wheels. From rare postal stamps to variety of coins, the autorickshaw is adorned as a gallery of philately and numismatic collection.
The person behind this creative venture is Edat native Sumesh Damodaran who rides this autorickshaw.
Postal seals, postcards, Inlands, miniature sheets and airmail of different countries are the major highlights in his philately collection. Apart from that, he also has a collection of rare coins. There are around 10,000 coins and stamps with him. According to Sumesh, his teacher P Padmanabhan master became an inspiration for developing interest in stamp and coin collection.
Interestingly, he has a special collection of Gandhi stamps. Around 130 varieties of Gandhi Stamps released by various countries are available with him. This includes a Rs 100 worth stamp of Gandhi woven in Khadi cloth, which was released in the year 2011. He has all 43 stamps in which Malayalis are featured. Similarly, he also has old Kochi-Travancore Anchal stamps and a postcard released as a part of 50 years of Indian Independence.
Meanwhile, Sumesh used to conduct awareness programmes introducing rare coins and stamps. He is also a person involved in social activities. Sumesh's family includes his wife PP Soumya and their children Savanth and Sreelakhmi. He is the son of KV Damodaran and Sulochana.