The ceremony was attended by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar who is in Hanoi for an official visit to Vietnam.
The set of stamps features two templates designed by artists Brahma Prakash of India and Pham Trung Ha of Vietnam which introduces the traditional martial arts of both countries.
One template features Kalarippayattu, also known simply as Kalari, an Indian martial art that originated in Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast of India.
Kalaripayattu is known for its long-standing history within Indian martial arts and is one of the oldest surviving martial arts practiced worldwide. It includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry, and healing methods.
An image of Vietnamese martial arts Việt Võ Đạo, or Vovinam, is debuted in another template. It was founded in 1938 by Nguyen Loc and is based on the principle of hard and soft, involving the use of strikes, elbows, kicks, knees, and wrestling moves.
Vovinam was first created partially as a response to the French occupation and is meant to promote a sense of national identity for the Vietnamese people. Amongst the Vietnamese martial arts, Vovinam is the largest and most developed with more than 60 schools around the world.
The stamp that measures 43 x 32mm and costs VND4,000 each will be available on the public postal network until June 30, 2025.