Beating Retreat ceremony: A shift from the usual, here’s what was new this year

Every year, military music is played throughout the ceremony but this year saw a blend of classical music with it.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2016 1:23:06 pm
Beating Retreat ceremony 2016, beating retreat ceremony, Republic Day parade, Republic day 2016, Classical music at beating retreat, classical music, rashtrapati bhavan, vijao chowk, AR Rahman, Narendra Modi, Indian Army New Delhi: Army band performs during the Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI Photo by Kamal Singh)

The Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk, organised three days after Republic Day, marked the end of festivities and signified the tradition of soldiers calling down a close to war at sunset.

This year the Republic Day parade saw various new additions like a dog squad marching down Rajpath after 26 years. Apart from that, the French Army contingent also became first foriegn contingent to be a part of Republic Day parade in India.

First ever all-women stunt contingent also added to the beautiful spectacle put forward by our Army Jawans.

The Beating Retreat ceremony also saw many ‘firsts’ this year with a slight change in usual tradition. Every year, military music is played throughout the ceremony but this year saw a blend of classical music with it.

Military bands were seen playing classical Indian instruments like Sitar, Tabla and Santoor. The Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces bands also joined the ceremony for the first time this year.

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