The rich printing history of Pune, that played a pivot role in the growth of India’s printing sector is now available for people in the form of a docu-book.
‘The Poona Press Owners Association’ (PPOA)- India’s oldest printer’s organization, has documented association’s journey of 100 years in a docubook titled ‘Shatamudra’. The book was publised in a grand ceremony of association’s centenary year celebrations on Saturday, September 20, held at Hotel Hayatt Recency in Pune.
Dignitaries including Ravindra Joshi, President, PPOA and President, All India Federation of Master Printers, Atul Wadkar, Secretary, PPOA, Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis University, Haruhiko Akustu San, Chairman and Managing Director, Toyo Ink India, S. F. H. Rizvi, Post Master General, Pune Region, Dr.Rajendrakumar Anayath, Vice Chancellor, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Haryana were present for the occasion.
PPOA has also presented it’s history in a form of a documentary film named ‘Shambhar Pannanchi Gosht’ also screened at the ceremony. A special issue of association’s 80 year old magazine named ‘Mudran Prakash’ and a postal cover marking the centenary year was unveiled in the same event.
PPOA felicitated Vijay Kumar Chopra, Cairman Press Trust of India and Chief Editor of Punjab Kesari with a lifetime achievement award in this event.
Chopra said,” In the older days, printing conferences were conducted in only the big cities of the country, but now they are happening in relatively small cities too. I feel that the printers from the city like Pune have great passion about their profession and an urge to learn. The Poona Prees Owners Association has implemented many good programs like making the printing ink available at low rates to printers. These initiatives are truly commendable.”
Apart from this, 8 printers, who have proved their excellence in this field, were also felicitated with special awards.