Beating Retreat 2019: Delhi's Vijay Chowk lights up as ceremony concludes with performances by three wings of Indian military [Photos]

The Beating Retreat ceremony included the age old tradition, in which the Indian Armed Forces play various hymns in front of the President and other dignitaries.

FP Staff January 29, 2019 22:16:53 IST
The Beating Retreat ceremony organised at Delhi's Raisina Hill on 29 January every year, marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. Reuters
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The Beating Retreat ceremony organised at Delhi's Raisina Hill on 29 January every year, marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. Reuters
The celebrations include performances by three wings of the military - Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique exercise by the massed bands. Reuters
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The celebrations include performances by three wings of the military - Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique exercise by the massed bands. Reuters
In 2019, the centuries-old military tradition saw five Military bands and 15 pipes and drum bands from regimental centres and battalions participate in the ceremony. Reuters
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In 2019, the centuries-old military tradition saw five Military bands and 15 pipes and drum bands from regimental centres and battalions participate in the ceremony. Reuters
The ceremony started with the arrival of President Ram Nath Kovind guarded by his well-decorated bodyguards. Reuters
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The ceremony started with the arrival of President Ram Nath Kovind guarded by his well-decorated bodyguards. Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Vijay Chowk to attend the ceremony. After the event, Modi greeted the crowd. Reuters
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Vijay Chowk to attend the ceremony. After the event, Modi greeted the crowd. Reuters
As per the tradition, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the chiefs of the three armed forces were present for the ceremony. Twitter/@PIB_India
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As per the tradition, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the chiefs of the three armed forces were present for the ceremony. Twitter/@PIB_India
This year too, the ceremony saw the Indian Armed Forces play various hymns in front of the President and other dignitaries. The ceremony ended with the President leaving in his car, escorted by horse-mounted presidential bodyguards. AP
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This year too, the ceremony saw the Indian Armed Forces play various hymns in front of the President and other dignitaries. The ceremony ended with the President leaving in his car, escorted by horse-mounted presidential bodyguards. AP