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Beating Retreat ceremony 2023: India's biggest drone show mesmerises spectators at Delhi's Vijay Chowk

Beating Retreat ceremony 2023: For the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection will be done on the facade of North Block and South Block during the grand event at Vijay Chowk on Sunday, the Defence Ministry said.

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma New Delhi Updated on: January 29, 2023 19:33 IST
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Image Source : PTI. Tri-services bands perform during full dress rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi.

Beating Retreat ceremony 2023: Tunes based on Indian classical music is the flavour of the Beating Retreat ceremony which also included the country's biggest drone show comprising around 3,500 indigenous drones. 

For the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection was done on the facade of North Block and South Block during the grand event at Vijay Chowk on Sunday (January 29), the Defence Ministry said. The Beating Retreat ceremony marks the formal ending of Republic Day celebrations.

"Tunes based on Indian classical ragas will be the flavour of Beating the Retreat ceremony this year," the ministry said earlier.

The ceremony was graced by President Droupadi Murmu. The president is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

"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 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF)," the statement said. The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

It also witnessed the country's biggest drone show, comprising 3,500 indigenous drones, the statement added.

"The magnificent drone show light up the evening sky over the Raisina Hill, weaving myriad forms of national figures, events through smooth synchronisation.

"It will depict the success of start-up ecosystem, technological prowess of the country's youth and pave the way for future path-breaking trends," it said.

The ceremony will begin with the massed band's "Agniveer" tune which will be followed by the enthralling tunes like "Almora", "Kedar Nath", "Sangam Dur", "Queen of Satpura", "Bhagirathi", "Konkan Sundari" by pipes and drums band, the defence ministry statement said.

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", it said.

The event will come to a close with the ever-popular tune "Sare Jahan se Accha".

The principal conductor of the ceremony will be Flt Lt 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 respectively.

The conductor of the State Police and CAPF bands will be Assistant Sub-Inspector Prem Singh, it said. The Buglers will perform under the leadership of Naib Subedar Santosh Kumar Pandey, and pipes and drums band will play under the instructions of Subedar Major Baswaraj Vagge.

The august ceremony has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded.

"The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.

"It marks a centuries-old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat," the Defence Ministry statement said.

Colours and Standards are cased and flags lowered. The ceremony creates nostalgia for the times gone by, it added.

Elaborate traffic arrangements in place for ceremony: Delhi Police

Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for the Beating Retreat ceremony to be held at Vijay Chowk here, officials said on Saturday.

The Beating Retreat ceremony, which marks the formal end of the Republic Day celebrations, will be held on Sunday.

Traffic restrictions will be put in place from 2 pm to 9.30 pm Sunday (January 29), according to an advisory, adding Vijay Chowk will remain closed for traffic.

Traffic will not be allowed on Rafi Marg between Sunehri Masjid roundabout and Krishi Bhawan roundabout, beyond Dara Shikoh roundabout, Krishna Menon Marg roundabout and Sunehri Masjid towards Vijay Chowk. Traffic will be restricted on Kartavyapath between Vijay Chowk and “C” hexagon, the advisory said.

The commuters are advised to take alternate routes like Ring Road, Ridge Road, Aurobindo Marg, Madarsa ''T'' Point, Lodhi Road, Sunramanian Bharti Marg, Safdarjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg, Rani Jhansi Road, Minto Road etc, it stated.

The buses will be diverted from their normal routes from 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Sunday to facilitate the vehicles of invitees and spectators and to avoid traffic congestion on roads around the venues of the ceremony and India Gate, the advisory said.

The commuters are advised to make maximum use of metro services while planning their journey in the vicinity of New Delhi, it added. Parking will be available for those coming to see illumination at Vijay Chowk behind water channels between Rafi Marg and “C” Hexagon (after 8 pm), the advisory said.

The motorists are advised to observe traffic rules, follow directions of traffic personnel and remain updated through traffic police Facebook page, Twitter handle and traffic police helpline, it added.

(With agencies inputs) 

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