Vandemataram in fusion at `Beating the Retreat`
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 20:28
New Delhi: Rendition of 'Vandemataram' in a fusion of western and Indian classical music styles will be the highlight of 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony on Sunday which marks the end of Republic Day celebrations.

Several bands from the Army, Navy and Air Force will play various military tunes at the ceremony which will be held in Vijay Chowk, set against the backdrop of the Raisina Hills where the Rashtrpati Bhavan is located.

The rendition of Vandemataram by the bands of Navy and Air Force in fusion is called "Renaissance" by the bands. The bands will be playing tabla, shehnai and other instruments.

"This is for the first time we are having fusion music for the 'Beating the Retreat' programme," Air Force spokesperson Squadron Leader Priya Joshi said.

Meanwhile, elaborare security arrangements have been made for the ceremony.

Vijay Chowk, where the Beating Retreat takes place, will remain closed to traffic between 4 pm and 9:30 pm tomorrow while DTC and Blueline buses which pass through Vijay Chowk in their normal routes will be diverted.

President Pratibha Patil will be the chief guest of the function.

Traffic will not be allowed on Rafi Marg between round- abouts of Sunehri Masjid and Krishi Bhawan, Raisina Road from Krishi Bhawan round-abouttowards Vijay Chowk, beyond round- abouts of Dalhousie Road, Krishna Menon Marg and Sunehri Masjid towards Vijay Chowk and on Rajpath between Vijay Chowk and C- Hexagon of India Gates.

"Vijay Chowk will remain closed for general traffic. Rajpath between Vijay Chowk and C-Hexagon at India Gate will be totally pedestrianised," Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said.

Parking will be available for those coming to see illumination behind the water channels between Rafi Marg and C-Hexagon.

DTC and other city buses will be diverted from their normal routes from 4 pm to 9:30 pm to facilitate the vehicles of invitees and spectators and to avoid traffic congestion on roads around the venue of the function.


First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 20:28

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