12 February 2011

INDIPEX – 2011 updates..


President opens World Philatelic Exhibition in Delhi

The President of India , Mrs Pratibha Devi singh Patil , today opened the India Post organized INDIPEX 2011,a World Philatelic Exhibition at Pragati Maidan , New Delhi. The week-long event will be from February 12 to February 18.

The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Philatelic Congress of India under the auspices of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately.

India first held such an exhibition in 1954 and the last one in 1997. This is the sixth time that such an exhibition is being held in India.

The aim of the exhibition is to promote philately and provide a forum for interaction between philatelic stakeholder's viz. collectors, dealers, stamp designers and printers and postal administrations.

The exhibition will showcase some of the best collection of stamps, stationary and philatelic literature from all over the world in different categories. There are 595 collectors from 70 countries who will be participating in the exhibition apart from 28 philatelic dealers and 31 postal administrations.

Among the rare stamps on display will be the most expensive Indian stamp, the "Inverted Head Four Annas" issued in 1854.The other attractions in the Court of Honour and in the Invitee class are as follows:

The Court of Honour

1. Dr. Mrs. Sita Bhateja, India - Indian Classics

2. Mr. Pradip Jain, India- Indian Air Mails (Development and Operations)

3. Mrs. Damyanti M. Pittie, India - Handstruck Postage Stamps of British India

4. Mr. Ajeet Raj Singhee, India - Indian Feudatory States Postal Stationery

5. Mr. David Feldman S. A, Switzerland - Gems of Philately

6. Dr. Hugo Goeggel, Colombia - Colombian Air Mail

7. Mr. Tay Peng Hian, Singapore - The 1864 First stamp of Netherlands East Indies.

8. Mr. Surajit Gongvatana, Thailand - British Post Office in Bangkok.

9. Mr. Vojtech Jankovic, Slovak Republic - My Life As A Bicycle

10. Mr. Hasse Brockenhuus von Lowenhielm, Sweden - Jaipur State

100 years of Airmail

On 18th February 1911, a French Pilot, Henri Pequet flew a small Sommer biplane carrying 6,500 letters from Allahabad to Naini. The Journey was brief and lasted just thirteen minutes. This was the world's first official airmail flight. Among the letters of many eminent people there was one from Pt. Motilal Nehru to his son Jawaharlal Nehru.

INDIPEX 2011 marks the centenary of the world's first airmail flight. To commemorate the occasion, India Post will issue a set of stamps on 12th February 2011. The Indian Airforce will operate a special flight on 12th February 2011 between Allahabad and Naini and carry First Day Covers with the commemorative stamps and a special postmark recording re-enactment of this historic flight. These stamps and covers with the special postmark will be much sought after by collectors and will be available at the exhibition.

100 Years of Airmail

image Image source : MB stamps

India Post issued as set of 4 stamps and a MS at the Inaugural function of Indipex 2011 - World Philatelic Exhibition at Delhi by the honourable President of India on 12th Feb 2011.



President speech at World Philatelic Exhibition

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am happy to inaugurate the World Philatelic Exhibition - INDIPEX 2011. This is the sixth time that India is the venue for such an international exhibition. I congratulate the Department of Posts, the Philatelic Congress of India, as well as the Federation International Philatelic and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately for organizing this exhibition, in which rare and precious stamp collections are being displayed. I am glad to know that there are participants from many countries and I welcome them. I understand that as many as 70 countries are participating in the exhibition. I am sure all stakeholders - collectors and dealers, writers and publishers of philatelic literature, stamp designers and printers, and postal administrations, will make use of this platform for exchange of ideas on various aspects of philately. The Exhibition will also be an opportunity for visitors to connect with the world of stamps, and I am confident that it will generate interest across all age groups.

Philately - the collection and study of stamps, began almost at the same time, as when stamps were first issued in the 19th Century. Stamps have been released on a range and variety of subjects by countries, in various sizes and shapes, and have evoked interest on account of their attractive designs, as well as historical value. Stamps tell the story of their own evolution, as well as of important occurrences and personalities in the lives of nations, since they are a significant mode of commemorating, celebrating and promoting national heritage and events. W.B. Yeats, the famous poet, described the designs of postage stamps "as silent ambassadors of national taste". Stamp making is a comprehensive exercise involving the administrator, stamp designers and printers. It requires many aesthetic and technical inputs ranging from design concepts, selection of paper and printing processes to be used. All this makes each stamp unique in itself, an item to be cherished. Indeed, stamp collecting is both educative and informative, with many numerous thematic options and choices. People can have collections of a certain period or a specific country, or of subjects like art and architecture, traditions and crafts, rail and maritime heritage, science and technology and flora and fauna among others. Philatelic bureaus and organizations can encourage, as well as guide people about how to start and sustain collections. In India, the National Philatelic Museum established in 1968, after completion of ongoing renovation, should be even more useful in connecting people with the amazing range and beauty of stamps.

Stamps are usually printed on paper. For the first time in history, a special Khadi Stamp is being issued which is on Mahatma Gandhi, the Apostle of non-Violence, and I had the great honour of releasing it today. Khadi, a hand woven material, is connected with our sentiments and it occupies a very special place in our country, as it is linked with our freedom movement, which under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, was based on the principles of truth and non-violence. He chose Khadi as a symbol of the unity of India against the colonial power, and its use portrayed the self-reliance and dignity of the people of India. The fabric still remains a tool of economic freedom and a means of livelihood with dignity for many, particularly in our rural areas. I am informed that over a hundred countries have issued stamps on Gandhiji, making him one of the most visible faces in the Philatelic world. This I believe is an acknowledgement of the universality and relevance of his message of peace and non-violence. With rising levels of strife and intolerance in the world, all endeavours should be made to spread his message far and wide, among as many people as is possible.

The Exhibition will also mark the centenary of the first official Airmail flight in the world, which took place in India between Allahabad and Naini on 18th February 1911. I am told that the Indian Air Force will re-enact this flight. The special set of stamps being released to commemorate this event, will add to the understanding about the development of postal history, so intimately connected with the usage of stamps.
Stamps, besides being of historical, aesthetic and cultural value, have since the very beginning had a utilitarian purpose, that is, for use as a token of payment of postage on mail articles. Advances in technology have resulted in people communicating with each other in diverse ways, whether it is fax or the internet or the mobile phone. Letters by post have seen a decline. We should not lose the art of letter writing. While technological advancements may have provided many faster modes of communication, the intimacy of the letter and the legend of the stamp cannot be matched. I was, therefore, happy that letter writing competitions were organized by the Department of Posts all over the country to encourage children in letter writing. A postman is a popular figure in our country. I take this opportunity to recognize the work of India Post in rendering daily delivery service, across the length and breadth of our country, including in the remotest outposts over difficult terrain. Yet, it must continuously look at using technology for better public service delivery. I wish them good luck in this.
In conclusion, I convey my good wishes to the World Philatelic Exhibition for meeting its objective of celebrating philately and of attracting many visitors.
I myself am looking forward to viewing the exhibition.

Thank You.
Jai Hind!

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