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Republic Day 2022 Highlights: Rashtrapati Bhavan decked up with colourful lights, laser show on display

India Republic Day 2022 Parade, Republic Day 2022 Chief Guest, Speech, Parade Timing, Flag Hoisting Live Streaming Updates: Earlier in the day, the country’s first woman Rafale fighter jet pilot Shivangi Singh was part of the Indian Air Force tableau at the Republic Day parade.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 27, 2022 11:37:26 am
Republic DayRashtrapati Bhavan decked up on the occasion of Republic Day (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Republic Day Parade 2022, Flag Hosting Highlights: The Rashtrapati Bhavan was decorated with colourful lights and a laser show was on display on the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the country’s first woman Rafale fighter jet pilot Shivangi Singh was part of the Indian Air Force tableau at the Republic Day parade. She is only the second woman fighter jet pilot to be part of the IAF tableau. Singh, who is from Varanasi, joined the IAF in 2017 and was commissioned in the IAF’s second batch of women fighter pilots. She had been flying MiG-21 Bison aircraft before flying the Rafale. She is part of the IAF’s Golden Arrows squadron based out of Ambala in Punjab.

The 73rd Republic Day parade also featured its biggest-yet fly-past, with 75 aircraft from all three services on display.  For the first time in its history, the parade began half an hour later than usual, due to low visibility and fog. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the National War Memorial on Wednesday morning, where he paid homage to the armed forces personnel who were killed in action. He was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the chiefs of the three defence forces.

With the parade taking place under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic yet again, strict guidelines have been imposed for those attending. Those attending must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and children below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function. Visitors must carry proof of vaccination and must adhere to all Covid-protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing. 

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22:26 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Song, dance and art as cultural diversity is put on full display

As India celebrates Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav — the 75th year as an independent nation — culture played a leading role in the Republic Day parade.

The parade, held under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence every year, also had the active participation of the Ministry of Culture this time. As the nodal ministry for Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, it organised Vande Bharatam in collaboration with the MoD as a countrywide dance competition, the winners of which got to perform at Rajpath as part of the main parade.

The Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav saw participation in four categories: classical, folk, tribal and fusion/contemporary. A total of 480 dancers were selected from 3,870 in the all-India dance competition. The musical piece for the 12-minute performance was composed by Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Kej, in collaboration with Oscar contender tabla player Bickram Ghosh. Read more

22:24 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Dark horse steals the show at Republic Day parade

As Republic Day celebrations came to an end at Delhi’s Rajpath, one of the President’s Bodyguards (PBG) was the centre of attention. The guard was none other than an elite dark-bay coloured horse named Virat, who retired soon after the parade.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh bid farewell to the horse, who has attended 13 Republic Day parades, and has been at the top of the PBG team, considered the most senior regiment of the Indian Army. Read more

22:22 (IST)26 Jan 2022
1,000 made-in-India drones create formations in sky over Rashtrapati Bhavan

On Republic Day eve on Tuesday evening, the sky over Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi lit up with vibrant drone formations.

In videos and images, the drones were first seen rising up in the sky in the colours of the Indian national flag. They then slowly formed a globe and rotated in the air—mirroring the earth’s movements. Soon, the globe seamlessly disintegrated into the map of India. The drones also formed the outline of the National War Memorial.

The pictures also show drones forming the words “75 Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” in saffron, white, and green. Read more

22:01 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Light a lamp to symbolise Amar Jawan Jyoti, play Gandhi's favourite hymn 'Abide With Me': Shashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday urged "well-wishers of inclusive India" to symbolise the Amar Jawan Jyoti by lighting a lamp tonight and on January 29.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wished people on Republic Day and posted a picture of the Amar Jawan Jyoti at its erstwhile position at India Gate.

"On Republic Day in 1950, our country took the first step in the right direction with confidence. Salute to that first step of truth and equality. Greetings on Republic Day. Jai Hind," Gandhi tweeted along with the picture.

Tharoor also urged people to play Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymn, "Abide With Me", in their homes at 7 pm on January 29, the day of Beating Retreat ceremony. The Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate was merged with the eternal flame at the National War Memorial (NWM) last Friday. (PTI)

21:55 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Bombay State tableau was showcased during 1st R-Day celebrations in Delhi: Mumbai family

A tableau of the then Bombay State was showcased during the first Republic Day celebrations held in New Delhi, and it depicted cultural diversity, sea port, built heritage and cinema of the region, according to a Mumbai-based architect, whose parents were part of the provincial troupe.

Audrey Baptista D'Souza, a resident of Vile Parle, and an archive enthusiast, said, she got to know about the event through old family pictures and oral history shared by her mother who was in her early 20s when she took part in it.

Ahead of the 73rd Republic Day celebrations on Rajpath, D'Souza shared some of the rare, black and white photographs from her family album on a Facebook group of old Bombay aficionados, and captioned them: "Daddy n Mummy in the tableau representing the state of Bombay in Delhi in the 1st Republic Day, 26th January 1950".

"My parents, Edwin Baptista and Rose Baptista, had gone to attend this historic event in Delhi as a committed couple, and would get married, ten yeas later in 1960. Though my father, who was born in 1926, died at a relatively younger age in 1983, my mother would tell me stories about the first Republic Day celebrations and of Bombay tableau, as it was called Bombay State then," she said. (PTI)

21:54 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Jaishankar thanks his counterparts as greetings pour in on R-Day

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday thanked several of his counterparts who extended greetings to him and the people of India on its 73rd Republic Day.

Maldivian foreign minister Abdulla Shahid, in his message, described India as his country's "most trusted friend & closest neighbour". "May the long standing #MaldivesIndiaPartnership continue to flourish & thrive, delivering mutual benefits for our peoples," he tweeted.

Jaishankar thanked Shahid and said "our special friendship will continue to prosper".

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia and India are comprehensive strategic partners and they share many things -- democratic values, a national day and close economic and diaspora links. "Happy Republic Day to our Indian friends. Australia looks forward to continuing work with India on our shared vision for the #IndoPacific," she tweeted. (PTI)

21:53 (IST)26 Jan 2022
CJI Ramana unfurls tricolour at official residence on Republic Day

Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana on Wednesday unfurled the national flag at official residence here on the occasion of 73rd Republic Day.

The flag hoisting ceremony at his Krishna Menon Marg residence was attended by several apex court officials and security personnel, an official said. The CJI attended the Republic Day Parade and was seen wearing a shawl gifted to him by a delegation from Nagaland.

In the 73rd Republic Day Parade, which was scaled down in view of the Covid pandemic, the country displayed its military might and vibrant cultural heritage on Rajpath with the grandest flypast with 75 aircraft to mark the 'Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav' celebrations. (PTI)

20:41 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Watch: Locals perform traditional dance at Leh

Locals perform traditional dance during Republic Day celebrations at Polo Ground, Leh

20:39 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Watch: Drone formations at Vijay Chowk in Delhi

Drone formations at Vijay Chowk in Delhi on Republic Day.

20:37 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Masked, vaccinated, socially distanced - only 5,000 people attend R-Day parade

Crowds at the Republic Day parade on Wednesday were curtailed to just 5,000 people, all double-masked, vaccinated and maintaining strict 'do gaz ki doori' in view of the COVID-19 situation. Only double vaccinated adults and children above the age of 15 who have taken at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine were allowed to enter the venue.

Children below 15 years were not permitted to attend. Chairs were placed at a distance to ensure social distancing. Participants also received a white cap with 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' printed on it.

"I used to watch Republic Day every year on TV. This year I was visiting a friend here and didn't want to lose this opportunity to attend the historic parade taking place on the 75th year of independence," said Amrita Singh who travelled all the way from Ludhiana to attend the parade. For Ashmit Parekh, it was the last opportunity to see the parade in person before moving abroad this year.

"I know there is COVID-19 but I wanted to see the parade once," he said. Asked if he is scared of contracting the virus, Parekh said he is double vaccinated and taking all precautions. "Honestly it is much safer here with all the protocols in place" the IT professional said. (PTI)

20:36 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Army unfurls tallest national flag in J&K

The Army on Wednesday dedicated to people a 150-feet-high flagpole in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the Republic Day celebrations, a defence spokesman said. He said it will be the tallest flagpole in the union territory.

"On the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day, the Chinar Corps in collaboration with Punit Balan Group installed a 150-feet-high mast National Flag in the historic town of Shopian," the spokesman said.

He said installing the highest flagpole ushered in a new milestone in the history of south Kashmir. The second tallest flagpole is also located in Shopian district, the spokesman added.

"The foundation stone was laid on 18 October 2021 at Army Goodwill School, Balapur in a colorful event and the flagpole was dedicated to the people of Shopian by Lt Gen D P Pandey, GOC Chinar Corps," he said. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)26 Jan 2022
SDMC facilities wear colourful look on R-Day eve

To celebrate Republic Day and 75 years of India's independence under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the SDMC has illuminated its buildings, metro pillars, schools, parks and key roundabouts, an official statement said on Wednesday.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation's (SDMC) South Zone has wall-painted the country's national bird peacock on its six-storeyed house tax building in RK Puram Sector-9. The peacock art measures 70 feet in length and is 26 feet wide.

In SDMC'S iconic Bharat Darshan Park, a ‘Tree of Unity' has been created from an electric pole, tires and children's play equipment strips. Besides this, a deer chariot has been set up from parts of a discarded car at Shaheedi Park, it stated.

As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, metro pillars in SDMC'S Najafgarh zone are painted to depict the dance forms of India and the country's rich cultural diversity.

To mark the occasion, the roundabout at Nizamuddin East in Central Zone has been beautified. The footpath has been repaired and coloured for ease of pedestrians, the statement said. (PTI)

20:34 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Himachal Guv unfurls Tricolour at Shimla's Ridge Maidan

Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar unfurled the Tricolour at the historic Ridge Maidan here on the Republic Day on Wednesday. The Republic Day was also celebrated with fervour in district headquarters, where state ministers unfurled the national flag.

A limited number of people were allowed to be present at the venues to watch the celebrations in view of covid restrictions. The governor in Shimla took salute from an impressive march past by various contingents. Shimla experienced light snowfall. Attractive tableaux were presented by various departments. (PTI)

18:15 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Madhya Pradesh: Two hurt as drone falls on them during R-Day celebrations

Two injured after a drone fell on them during Republic Day celebrations in Jabalpur, this morning. "A man, woman have been hospitalized after they were hit by the drone. Condition stable," a doctor present at the spot told ANI. They received injuries while they were performing; drone hit them on the head.

18:02 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Watch: Beating Retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border

Beating Retreat ceremony held at the Attari-Wagah border

17:58 (IST)26 Jan 2022
BSF personnel exchange sweets with Pak Rangers on border

On the occasion of Republic Day, BSF personnel exchange sweets with Pakistan Rangers at the international border in Sri Ganganagar and Jaisalmer districts of Rajasthan.

17:33 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Watch: Scenes from the R-Day parade held earlier today

The route of the marching contingent ended at the National Stadium instead of the Red Fort this year.

17:31 (IST)26 Jan 2022
Watch: Tableaux on display at R-Day parade

Tableaux from 12 states and Union Territories as well as nine ministries or government departments were on display this year.

17:21 (IST)26 Jan 2022
From freedom struggle to biodiversity, Republic Day tableaux highlight various facets of India

At a time when several Opposition-ruled states complained that their tableaux were not selected for the Republic Day parade, even as the government insisted that the decision was taken by an expert committee and there is no political intervention, the tableaux of four of the five poll-bound states made it to Rajpath on Republic Day.

Tableaux, from as many as 12 states and Union Territories, highlighted dances, spirit of sportsmanship, biodiversity, the freedom struggle, religious destinations and development. Read more

17:01 (IST)26 Jan 2022
In photos: India celebrates 73rd Republic Day

From R-Day parade to ITBP personnel celebrating Republic Day, see our gallery of Republic Day photos here

Delhi coronavirus cases Today Live Update, Weekend Lockdown Delhi Live Contingent seen at the full dress rehearsals for the Republic Day 2022 parade while following Covid-19 protocols, on Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Republic Day celebrations began on January 23, with the central government marking the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a hologram statue of Bose at the India Gate in the national capital.

Republic Day 2022 celebrations: All you need to know

New initiatives for January 26

Governors and Lieutenant Governors have been asked to invite a more diverse set of guests for their At Home functions, apart from the usual protocol-based invitees. This could include achievers in different fields; those who made exemplary contributions to society, including during the time of Covid; eco-warriors; sanitation workers; next of kin of soldiers; Olympic participants; exceptional educators; frontline health workers; children bravery awardees; and women sarpanches, etc

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