This year’s Beating Retreat Ceremony is set to new music, and drones light up the sky.

Every year on January 29, the Beating Retreat event marks the end of the Republic Day celebrations.

This year's Beating Retreat Ceremony is set to new music, and drones light up the sky.

New Delhi: This year’s Beating Retreat event, a centuries-old military practise that dates back to the days when men disengaged from battle at sundown as soon as the’retreat’ was sounded by ‘buglers,’ was set to new music.Every year on January 29, the ceremony marks the conclusion of the Republic Day celebrations.To mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence, a number of new songs were added to the celebration (being celebrated as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav). ‘Kerala,’ ‘Hind ki Sena,’ and ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ are among them.

This year's Beating Retreat Ceremony is set to new music, and drones light up the sky.

In an effort to make the Beating Retreat ceremonial more Indian, the Defence Ministry incorporated the patriotic song ‘Aey Mere Watan ke Logo,’ penned by Kavi Pradeep to honour the tremendous sacrifice made by Indian soldiers during the 1962 Indo-China conflict.’Sare Jahan Se Achcha’ replaced Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Christian song, Abide With Me. Since 1950, the song had been an inextricable part of the ritual.

A thousand planes flew in formation over the city at night, flashing the national flag’s saffron, white, and green before rearranging themselves into a silhouette of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi.According to the Defence Ministry, the 10-minute drone show, which featured 1,000 drones, was held to mark the country’s 75th anniversary of independence.

The atmosphere was brightened with a projection mapping exhibition on the North and South Block walls.Union Minister Jitendra Singh told ANI that India will become the fourth country in the world to light up 1,000 drones in the sky during the Beating Retreat event, following the United Kingdom, Russia, and China.

The air was filled with foot-tapping music from the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). They also formed a variety of forms.The ceremony was attended by President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar, and Air Force Chief Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, among others.

The ‘Make in India’ programme was used to conceptualise, create, produce, and choreograph this year’s ceremony.Pipes and Drums Band, CAPF Band, Air Force Band, Naval Band, Army Military Band, and Massed Bands performed the ‘Veer Sainik’ tune.The ceremony’s main conductor was Commander Vijay Charles D’Cruz.

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