Rediff.com  » News » PHOTOS: Beating Retreat marks end of R-Day celebrations

PHOTOS: Beating Retreat marks end of R-Day celebrations

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
January 29, 2020 23:30 IST

Foot-tapping music and soulful classical renditions reverberated at Vijay Chowk on Wednesday as the Republic Day celebrations culminated with the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi with 26 performances by the bands of the armed forces and central and state police contingents.

From "Abhiyan" to "Nritya Sarita" and "Ganga Jamuna", Indian tunes were the flavour of the Beating Retreat ceremony.

Here are glimpses of the event.

Photograph: Manvender Vashist/PTI Photo
 

Principal conductor of Beating the Retreat ceremony was Flying Officer Rupachandra, while Army Military bands conductor was Risalda Major Rajender Singh. Navy and Air Force band conductors were Master Chief Petty Officer Vincent Johnson and Junior Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar respectively.

The function began with President Ram Nath Kovind arriving at the venue in his ceremonial motorcade..

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's carcade arrives at Vijay Chowk for the Beating Retreat ceremony.

Modi is welcomed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival during the Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk.

The Army, Navy, Air Force, state police and Central Armed Police Force bands performed over two dozen tunes.

Indian Air Force band performs during the Beating Retreat ceremony.

There were 25 tunes composed by Indian musicians, including "Madhumari", "Marhapeka", "Jauna Solti" and "Vijay Bharat".

Christian hymn ''Abide With Me'', a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi, drew loud cheers from the gathering. There was uncertainty over its inclusion at the ceremonial event this year.

This year, 15 military bands, 16 pipes and drums bands from regimental centres and battalions participated in the ceremony.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his wife Kyoko Jaishankar are seen during the Beating Retreat ceremony.

As the bugle was sounded for the retreat, the Raisina Hill complex lit up in a riot of colours, the illumination provided by LEDs rather than the traditional incandescent bulbs.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karamvir Singh were present on the occasion.

The ceremony held on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.

Indian national flag is lowered as President Ram Nath Kovind and Tri-service Chiefs pay their salute.

President Ram Nath Kovind waves at the spectators as First Lady Savita Kovind looks on after the Beating Retreat ceremony .

The event came to a close with the ever-popular tune 'Sare Jahan se Acha'.

Beating Retreat marks a centuries old military tradition dating from the days when troops disengaged from battle at sunset.

As soon as the bugglers sounded the "retreat", the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield. It is for this reason that the custom of standing still during the sounding of "retreat" has been retained to this day. Colours and standards are cased and flags lowered.
Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Hemant Waje© Copyright 2020 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
SHARE THIS STORY