Parade instructors go down memory lane

“Things haven’t changed much in these thirty two years,the only change is that every year new faces replace the old ones.

Written by Rajni Kumari | Chandigarh | Published:January 25, 2012 2:04 am

“Things haven’t changed much in these thirty two years,the only change is that every year new faces replace the old ones. The enthusiasm and patriotic feeling that was in past is still there,however with time the way of expression has changed. But training children for Independence and Republic Days take me back to the memories of mid 80s when I first trained the children for the Parade” said Amrik Singh,who has been in charged of training session of ‘Brass Band’ for Republic Day and Independence Day since 1980.

Behind the Republic Day function organised at the Parade Ground in Sector 17 are a large number of people. Among those are some who have been contributing to the organisation of the event over the past several years.

Amrik Singh,ASI said he joined Chandigarh police in 1980 and has witnessed every parade whether it is of Republic Day or Independence Day. “Since then I am the fourth Inspector here,who is commanding the parade. It is a matter of honour to be part of the parade,” he said.

Nandan Kujur,Naib Subedar said that he was commanding parade on Independence and Republic day for four years. Hectic practice starts a fortnight before the Republic Day and Independence Day.

Also part of the function are dance performances by students. Matching steps to the beats of patriotic songs,they spend hours getting the act right.

“It takes a lot of effort to teach dance to 160 students at a time in such a short time period. We used to practice for hours. First ten days of schedule spends only in handling and coordinating them. For the last two years I have been teaching dance to school children” said Jatinder Singh,a dance instructor.

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