Patna, Aug 17: Postal stamp featuring Mithila Paag (turban) issued by the central government in recognition of the age-old cultural symbol.
“Stamping the cultural identity and heritage of Mithila Paag by the postal department is a great honour to Mithilanchal and crores of people from here are happy,” Birbal Jha, chairman of Mithilalok Foundation.
“Save the Paag” campaign launched by the foundation few years back.
“Such a move by central government is of course a morale booster to the cultural activists in the country. This timely recognition of Paag at the national level will certainly strengthen the socio-cultural fabric of India,” Jha said.
The postal department, in its booklet on Headgears of India termed Mithila Paag a “headgear hailing from the Mithila region of Bihar worn by Maithil people.”
“The Paag carries a lot of respect and is worn by the people of Mithila with pride. The Paag dates back to pre-historic times when it was made of plant leaves. It exists today in a modified form. Paags are of different shades, colours and shapes,” it read.
A Paag Exhibition held in last year’s World Trade Fair in New Delhi was a hit.
Thousands of people wearing the Paag participated in Paag March in New Delhi and Bihar.
A paag song written by Birbal Jha and sung by popular Maithili singer Vikash Jha is a super hit.
Women shown great interest in joining the campaign and walking shoulder to shoulder with men.