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‘Beating the Retreat’ to mark culmination of R-Day celebrations

The principal conductor of the ceremony will be Flight Lieutenant Leimapokpam Rupachandra Singh.

SNS | New Delhi |

Indian tunes based on Indian Classical Ragas will be the flavor of ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony, which will be graced by President Droupadi Murmu at the historic Vijay Chowk in the heart of the capital on Sunday.

As many as 29 captivating and foot-tapping Indian tunes will be played by the music bands of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the State Police and the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).

The ceremony, which will have the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, will also witness the country’s biggest Drone Show, comprising 3,500 indigenous drones.

The magnificent drone show will light up the evening sky over the Raisina hills, weaving myriad forms of national figures/events through smooth synchronization. It will depict the success of the start-up ecosystem, the technological prowess of the country’s youth and pave the way for future path-breaking trends.

For the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection will be organised during the Beating Retreat on the façade of the North and South Block.

The ceremony will begin with the massed band’s  ‘Agniveer’ tune which will be followed by enthralling tunes like ‘Almora’, ‘Kedar Nath, ‘Sangam Dur’, ‘Queen of Satpura’, ‘Bhagirathi’, ‘Konkan Sundari’ by Pipes and Drums band.

Indian Air Force’s band will play ‘Aprajey Arjun’, ‘Charkha’, ‘Vayu Shakti’, ‘Swadeshi’, while fascinating  ‘Ekla Cholo Re’, ‘Hum Taiyyar Hai’, and ‘Jai Bharati’ will be played by the band of Indian Navy.

The Indian Army’s band will play ‘Shankhnaad’, ‘Sher-e-Jawan’, ‘Bhupal’, ‘Agranee Bharat’, ‘Young India’,   ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’, ‘Drummers Call’, and ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’.

The event will come to a close with the ever-popular tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha’.

The principal conductor of the ceremony will be Flight Lieutenant Leimapokpam Rupachandra Singh. While the Army Band will be led by Sub Maj Diggar Singh, the Naval and Air Force band commanders will be M Anthoni Raj and Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar. The conductor of the State Police and CAPF bands will be Assistant Sub Inspector Prem Singh.

The Buglers will perform under the leadership of Naib Subedar Santosh Kumar Pandey, and the pipes and drums band will play under the instructions of Subedar Major Baswaraj Vagge.

‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on 29 January every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. It has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded.