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‘Beating the Retreat’ Ceremony today, 1,000 ‘Made in India’ drones to enthrall audience for first time


JANUARY 28, 2022

New Delhi: A novel drone show will be one of the major attractions of this year’s ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony and will be graced by President Ram Nath Kovind at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Saturday (January 29, 2022).

For the first time, the ceremony will have a show of over 1,000 ‘Made in India’ drones to commemorate 75 years of the country’s independence, which is being celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ across the country.

The drone show has been organized by a startup ‘Botlab Dynamics’ and supported by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and the Department of Science & Technology. The show would be of 10 minutes involving drones fabricated through indigenous technology. Synchronized background music will also be played during the drone show.

Other dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, will also witness the show, which has been conceptualised, designed, produced and choreographed under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Martial musical tunes with Indian fervour will be the flavour of the ceremony this year as a total of 26 performances will enthral the spectators with foot-tapping music played by the bands of Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

The entry band will be Massed Band playing the ‘Veer Sainik’ tune. This will be followed by Pipes & Drums Band, CAPF Band, Air Force Band, Naval Band, Army Military Band and Massed Bands.

A number of new tunes have been added to the ceremony to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and include ‘Kerala’, ‘Hind ki Sena’ and ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’.

The event will come to a close with the ever-popular tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha’.

Another attraction would be a projection mapping show to commemorate 75 years of independence. The show of around 3-4 minutes duration will be showcased on the walls of North and South Block before the end of the ceremony.

Similar to the Republic Day Parade, eco-friendly invitation cards have been prepared for the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony relevant to the Covid-19 times. The cards have been prepared with the seeds of medicinal plants of Ashwagandha, Aloe Vera and Amla embedded in it. People are being encouraged to plant it in their gardens/flower pots and reap the age-old medicinal benefits.

It is noteworthy that the ‘Beating the Retreat’ is a centuries-old military tradition dating from the days when troops disengaged from the battle at sunset. As soon as the buglers sounded the retreat, the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield. It is for this reason that the custom of standing still during the sounding of retreat has been retained to this day.

Colours and standards are cased and flags lowered at retreats.

Courtesy/Source: Zee News