Republic Day celebrations culminated on Friday with the Beating Retreat ceremony that featured 26 soulful band performances, together with particular composition ‘Swarnim Vijay’ to commemorate 50 years of India’s victory within the 1971 struggle towards Pakistan. Indian tunes have been the flavour of this 12 months’s ceremony that introduced the curtains down on the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.
- Fifteen army bands and an equal variety of pipes and drums bands from regimental centres and battalions participated within the ceremony. Apart from, there have been performances by one band every of the Navy, the Air Pressure and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
- As many as 26 musical performances enthralled the viewers on the historic Vijay Chowk.
- The entry band was a massed one with the ‘Swarnim Vijay’ theme. It was a particular new composition to commemorate 50 years of victory of India within the 1971 struggle towards Pakistan that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
- A contingent of 122 troopers of Bangladesh armed forces had participated within the Republic Day Parade on the Rajpath on January 26. India had final month began golden jubilee (Swarnim Vijay Varsh) celebrations commemorating the 1971 struggle victory.
- The Swarnim Vijay efficiency on the Beating Retreat was adopted by pipes and drums bands, and the bands of CAPFs, Air Pressure, Navy, Military and massed bands.
- The ceremony ended with the ever-popular tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha’.
- The principal conductor of the ceremony was Lt Col Girish Kumar U of AEC Coaching Faculty and Centre.
Beating Retreat is a centuries-old army custom. It dates again to the times when troops disengaged from battle at sundown. As quickly because the buglers sounded the ‘retreat’, the troops ceased combating, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield.