For the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection will be organized during the Beating Retreat Ceremony 2023
This year’s ‘Beating the Retreat‘ ceremony will witness India’s biggest drone show comprising 3,500 indigenous drones that will mesmerize spectators at the historic Vijay Chowk in the heart of the national capital on January 29.
‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony will be graced by the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Droupadi Murmu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will also be present for the ceremony.
‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.
Indian tunes based on Indian Classical Ragas will be the flavor of the ceremony.
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).
Besides, for the first time, a 3-D anamorphic projection will be organized during the Beating Retreat Ceremony 2023 on the facade of the North and South Block.
Officials said that the magnificent drone show will light up the evening sky over the Raisina hills, weaving myriad forms of national figures/events through smooth synchronization.
It will depict the success of the start-up ecosystem, and the technological prowess of the country’s youth and pave the way for future path-breaking trends. The event will be organized by M/s Botlabs Dynamics.
The Ceremony will begin with the massed band’s ‘Agniveer‘ tune which will be followed by enthralling tunes like Almora, Kedar Nath, Sangam Dur’, Queen of Satpura, Bhagirathi, Konkan Sundari by Pipes and Drums band.
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’.
The event will come to a close with the ever-popular tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha‘.
The principal conductor of the ceremony will be Flight Lieutenant 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. The conductor of the State Police and CAPF bands will be Asstt Sub Inspector Prem Singh.
The Buglers will perform under the leadership of Naib Subedar Santosh Kumar Pandey, and the pipes and drums band will play under the instructions of Subedar Major Baswaraj Vagge.
The ‘Beating the Retreat’ 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 sound of the Retreat.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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