India's armed forces put on a glorious show for the President — inspired by a 17th century British tradition
India concludes its glorious 'Beating the Retreat’ ceremony on the third day following country’s Republic day, on 29 January 2019.
The ceremony that marks the end of Republic day festivities, was held at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi with India’s President, Ram Nath Kovind inaugurating the ceremony with a salute. The event witnessed the presence of other political dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh.
The Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force tuned in to the beats of 27 tunes along with 18 military bands playing in the backdrop. In fact, this year, Indian compositions dominated the event — including ‘ Namaste India’, ‘ Indian Soldiers’ and ‘ Tejas’ — celebrating the local Indian music.
As traditional as it may sound, the event closed to the beats of ‘ Saare Jahan se accha’ with the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's Secretariat) kindled with national colors.
Here’s an insight into the historic tradition: