The Beating Retreat Ceremony will feature a new rendition to mark the 1971 victory



Friday’s “Beating Retreat” ceremony will feature a special new composition “Swarnim Vijay” to commemorate 50 years of victory in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

Indian tunes will be the flavor of this year’s ceremony which will bring down the curtains on the four-day Republic Day celebrations, according to a statement.

Fifteen military bands and an equal number of pipes and drums from regimental centers and battalions will participate in the ceremony. In addition, there will be one group each from the Navy, Air Force, and Central Armed Police Force.

No less than 26 musical performances will captivate spectators at the historic Vijay Chowk.

“The entry group will be a massive group with the theme ‘Swarnim Vijay’. It will be a special new composition to commemorate 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 war against Pakistan,” the statement read.

This was followed by pipe and drum bands, as well as bands from the CAPF, Air Force, Navy, Army and mass bands.

The ceremony will end with the ever-popular tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha’.

The principal conductor of the Beating the Retreat ceremony will be Lt Col Girish Kumar U of the AEC Training College and Centre.

‘Beating Retreat’ is a centuries-old military tradition. It dates back to when troops would disengage from battle at sunset. As soon as the bugles sounded the “retreat”, the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their weapons and withdrew from the battlefield.

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