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Beating Retreat features new rendition marking 1971 victory

Last updated on: January 29, 2021 22:51 IST

Republic Day celebrations culminated on Friday with the Beating Retreat ceremony that featured 26 soulful band performances, including special composition 'Swarnim Vijay' to commemorate 50 years of India's victory in the 1971 war against Pakistan.

 

IMAGE: Border Security Force (BSF) camel mounted contingent stands guard at Raisina Hill during the Beating Retreat ceremony, in New Delhi, on Friday. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

Indian tunes were the flavour of this year's ceremony that brought the curtains down on the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.

IMAGE: An illuminated view of the Raisina Hill during the Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Friday. Photograph: ANI Photo

Fifteen military bands and an equal number of pipes and drums bands from regimental centres and battalions participated in the ceremony.

Photograph: ANI Photo

Besides, there were performances by one band each of the Navy, the Air Force and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).

Photograph: ANI Photo

As many as 26 musical performances enthralled the audience at the historic Vijay Chowk.

Photograph: ANI Photo

The entry band was a massed one with 'Swarnim Vijay' theme.

It was a special new composition to commemorate 50 years of victory of India in the 1971 war against Pakistan that led to the creation of Bangladesh.

Photograph: ANI Photo

A contingent of 122 soldiers of Bangladesh armed forces had participated in the Republic Day Parade on the Rajpath on January 26.

India had last month started golden jubilee (Swarnim Vijay Varsh) celebrations commemorating the 1971 war victory.

IMAGE: President Ram Nath Kovind's mounted bodyguards escort his carcade after the ceremony. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

The Swarnim Vijay performance at the Beating Retreat was followed by pipes and drums bands, and the bands of CAPFs, Air Force, Navy, Army and massed bands.

The ceremony ended with the ever-popular tune of 'Sare Jahan se Acha'.

Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

The principal conductor of the ceremony was Lt Col Girish Kumar U of AEC Training College and Centre.

IMAGE: President Ram Nath Kovind being greeted by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on, during the start of the ceremony. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

Beating Retreat is a centuries-old military tradition. It dates back to the days when troops disengaged from battle at sunset.

IMAGE: Indian Navy band performs. Photograph: Kamal Kishore/PTI Photo

As soon as the buglers sounded the 'retreat', the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield.

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