New stamp series from Oman Post highlights the Sultanate’s musical tradition

Merge 104.8  |  07 July 2020

Oman’s musical heritage is the focus of four new stamps issued by Oman Post as part of a joint collaboration with the Oman Center for Traditional Music, and the Sultan Qaboos Higher Center for Culture and Science at the Diwan of Royal Court.

Cover photo credit: Oman Post

In a statement issued to media, Oman Post explained that the four interactive stamps celebrate ‘Maidan’ — one of the Sultanate’s most celebrated forms of art in poetry and traditional music.

Paying homage to these time-honoured traditions, the themes of the stamps are centred around ‘Dance’, ‘The Poet and the Singer’, ‘Maidan Instruments’, and the ‘Maidan Genre in General’.

In addition to the above collaborative partners for the project, the stamps have also been launched with the involvement of Omani artists Mohammed Almamari, Sami Alsiyabi, Fahad Almamari, and Salim Alsalami.

Speaking on the initiative, Rashid Alwahaibi, Manager of Stamps & Philately at Oman Post said: “The ‘Maidan’ is an arts war of words contest where Omani men gather in their villages, towns, and cities to cite poems and sing traditional music. This has been one of the backbones of Omani arts for millennia and Oman Post is doing its part in ensuring it’s remembered, celebrated, and engraved in our culture for generations to come.”

Want to reserve a set of the new ‘Maidan’ series of stamps? You can do so by emailing [email protected].

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