New Delhi: Marking the culmination of the 67th Republic Day celebrations, the military on Friday held the beating retreat ceremony at the Vijay Chowk here with patriotic fervour.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his cabinet colleagues and high-ranking government officials, among others are attending the event.
This year, 15 military bands, 18 pipes and drums bands from regimental centres and battalions are participating in the ceremony.
Besides one each of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force band will also form part of the event and for the first time, bands from the State Police and Central Armed Police Force will also perform at the ceremony.
Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements keeping the ceremony in mind. According to an advisoryVijay Chowk will remain closed today for general traffic from 3.30 to 9.30 PM.
Here are the highlights:
- People gather at Vijay Chowk for Beating Retreat ceremony.
- Three chiefs of forces watching the Beating Retreat ceremony in progress at Vijay Chowk.
- President Pranab Mukherjee at the Beating Retreat ceremony.
- Military drum bands at Beating Retreat ceremony.
- Indian Air Force Band performing the 'Inspirato' tune at Beating Retreat 2016.
- The tune 'Air Born' is being played now at Beating Retreat ceremony.
What amazing drumming. That was the highlight of the #BeatingRetreat for me. Well done Naval Band, you guys really rocked it.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 29, 2016
- PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh at the Beating Retreat ceremony.
- As many as 20 out of 26 performances in the Beating Retreat have been composed by Indian musicians.
- The principal conductor of the Beating Retreat ceremony is Cdr VC D’Cruz.
- 15 military bands, 18 pipes & drums bands from Regimental Centres & Battalions are participating this year.
- Vijay Chowk on January 29th every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.
- The Tri-Services Military Band is playing the tune ‘Agyat Youvana’.
- President Pranab Mukherjee arrives for beating retreat ceremony.
The bands of BSF, Indo-Tibet Border Police and Delhi Police will play the tunes ‘Samvidhan’, ‘Abhinandan’ & 'Carriappa'.
- This year for the first time bands from the State Police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will be performing.