Beating the Retreat marks end of R-Day celebrations
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Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010, 17:56
  
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: At exactly 6 pm today the buglers sounded the retreat, the National Flag was lowered, and the echoes of the National Anthem reverberated through the by lanes of Vijay Chowk, bringing a formal end to the Republic Day celebrations.

Beating The Retreat which officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities is conducted on the evening of January 29, the third day after the Republic Day.

The ceremony today as it happens every year began with 35 bands from the three services playing solemn military tunes.

A total of 35 bands from Army, Navy and Air Force are performing at the ceremony. Out of these, 20 are military bands while 15 are of pipes and drums.

Navy and Air Force contributed four bands each, while the rest 27 bands were from the Army.

President Pratibha Patil was the chief guest of the function. Her arrival was sounded by trumpeters, 38 buglers and 38 echo buglers followed by playing of National Anthem and a tune 'Sam Bahadur' composed by L B Gurung, named after 1971 war hero Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Army's 15 Massed Pipes and Drums Bands played a total of six tunes -- 'Surya', a quick march tune, 'Sky Boat Song', a slow march tune, 'Pipers Cave', a quick march tune, 'The Marques of Huntley', a strathspey tune, 'Jock Wilsons', a reel tune and 'Highland Laddie', a quick march tune.

The military bands of Air Force and Navy followed Massed Pipes and Drums Bands of the Army. They will play five tunes -- 'Ocean's Splendour', 'Bhartiya Nau Sena Sky Hawks', 'Swantatra Bharat ake Shaan', 'Nocturnal Cry' and 'Subroto'.

This was followed by the massed military bands of the Indian Army playing 'Hanste Lushai', 'Gangotri', 'Abhinandan', 'Dhola re Dhola' and 'Giuri Raj Song'. All the massed military bands then played the 'Gulmarg' and 'Abide with me'. 'Sare Jahan se Achha' was the final rendition. Elaborate security and traffic arrangements had been made for the grand ceremony.

Vijay Chowk will remain closed for traffic between 4 pm and 9:30 pm while DTC and Blueline buses which pass through there in their normal routes will be diverted.


First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 17:56


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