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A film on coins? Where else than in India?
« on: July 07, 2018, 12:53:32 PM »
Chhattisgarh: A Numismatic History, a unique film on story of coins

New Delhi, July 6, 2018

The film titled Chhattisgarh: A Numismatic History, produced under the banner of Aaditya Pratap Singh Entertainments seems very promising and was covered by a lot of renowned news channels. Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, Aaditya Pratap Singh, Ritika Badiani (Actress) and Asmita Arora (Blogger) play a key role in this 100-minute-long feature film.

Movies make us laugh, cry, jump with joy and grab the nearest pillow in fear. But some movies teach us a lot about life, history and philosophy. One such documentary feature film on The Coins of Chhattisgarh from the collection of Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh was shot in the month of June.

Think about the history you’re holding in your hand. It could be a coin issued in the memory of win over the western gang king by Kalchuri King Jajalladeva by portraying himself as a lion attacking and defeating such an elephant like enemy or may be a silver punch-marked coin counter struck with Malhar symbol to show a clear sovereignty of the state. Coin collectors are stewards of these treasures and a wise collector can also turn them into an investment.

The collection was beautifully displayed at an exhibition and a film with a story about the kings and the coins issued by them was shot around it.

Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh while interacting with media persons said he has been collecting coins since he was a kid and slowly this hobby became his passion. He told the media that he has millions of coins and paper currencies from all over the world. He further added that his area of interest in coins are the ancient coins and he especially collects Coins of Local rulers of The Chhattisgarh (Old name South Kosala) as he was born in that region.

He further added that ‘Coins of Chhattisgarh’ are as old as coins of any other part of the world and thus keep Chhattisgarh’s numismatic history equal and rich as any part of the world.

Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh has also done a PhD and D.Litt in the coins of Chhattisgarh. He informed that by writing and publishing various articles in national and international journals, he has proven that the coins found at Village Jaunda near Rajim are coins of Pre Janapada era (7th century BC).

He Informed that the coins found in Malhar are with counter struck Malhar sign in Brahmi ‘Ma’ highlight the uniqueness in the coins of Malhar. Reppousse coin of Sirpur and Bastar are also quite unique and one of their kind in the world. These coins were made by repousse technique on thin sheets of gold and silver; these coins were found only in Chhattisgarh.

All these coins were shown in several exhibitions as well as in the movie with details about them.

The producer of the movie Aaditya Pratap Singh informed that he has been keenly observing his father, Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh, since his childhood. He’s now joined his father in spreading the knowledge and richness of coins. He and his friend Ritika Badiani and Asmita Arora are also working on this project.

Ritika said, “That this movie is quite different from the rest of the films and that she is quite impressed by the collection and the richness of Coins of Chhattisgarh.”

Fashion enthusiast and Blogger, Asmita Arora, had a gala time while interacting with Dr. Bhanu Pratap Singh and plans to write a blog about the same.

She was amazed to see his collection and wishes to study more about it. We are looking forward to her blog and equally excited about the movie. (ANI)

Source: The Siasat Daily
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.