The first of such international philatelic exhibitions In India was organized in a small way in 1954 as part of the centenary celebrations of the Indian postages stamp. This was followed by INDIPEX-73 International Philatelic Exhibition held in New Delhi from 14 to 23 November 1973. The first Asian International Philatelic Exhibition was held at Bangalore in 1977. In 1980 the Department of Posts and the Philatelic Congress of India jointly hosted INDIA-80 International Stamp Exhibition at New Delhi from 25 January to 3 February. This was followed by INDIA-89 World Philatelic Exhibition held at Pragati Maidan Complex at New Delhi from 20 to 29 January, 1989. INDEPEX-97 was also organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, and was significant in that it commemorated fifty years of the country’s independence. This was followed by INDEPEX ASIANA-2000, the second Asian International Philatelic Exhibition hosted by India, which was held at Calcutta (now Kolkata) and celebrated 50 years of the Republic of India, and the New Millennium.
INDIPEX 2011 is being organized in Hall Numbers 8, 9, 10 & 11 of the prestigious and sprawling Pragati Maidan Exhibition Complex Located in the heart of India’s capital, New Delhi, this exhibition complex is constantly evolving, in keeping with changing times and needs, and has been the venue for international stamp exhibitions on previous occasions also.
The city of Delhi, steeped in history and tradition, has also been constantly reinventing itself through the ages. Dating back to at least the First Century BC, it has been the capital or major city for as many as 15 dynasties that ruled from time to time even before the British came into the picture. In its latest incarnation, as the capital of modern India, New Delhi is a bustling cosmopolitan city drawing people from far and near. It has played host to a number of major international events and is presently gearing up to host the Commonwealth Games, in 2010. INDIPEX 2011 promises to be another landmark event.
This exhibition aims to bring the international philatelic community together to celebrate philately, and will provide a unique platform for interaction between all the philatelic stake-holders, viz. the collectors, the dealers, the philatelic journalists and publishers, the designers and security printers, and the postal administrations who issue stamps and stationery. We will also be celebrating the centenary of the first official airmail flight which took place in India between Allahabad and Naini on 18th February 1911. And, by showcasing the best philatelic collections, INDIPEX 2011 looks to attract many newcomers to explore the fascinating world of philately.
Welcome to INDIPEX 2011.
Chairman World Philatelic Exhibition 2011,
Room No. 503,Dak Bhawan,
Sansad Marg,New Delhi-110001