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Beating the Retreat

On the evening of January 29, three days after Republic Day, this ceremony is called Beating the Retreat. It is performed by the bands of the three wings of the military, the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The venue is Raisina Hills and an adjacent square, flanked by the north and south block of the Parliament. The Chief Guest of the function is the President of India who arrives escorted by the 'President's Body Guards'(PBG), a cavalry unit.

.Beating the Retreat

The ceremony starts by the massed bands of the three services marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes. The Fanfare then is followed by the bands marching forward in quick time, then breaking into slow time, then by the 'compound march' involving movements to form intricate and beautiful patterns. The military band, again, breaks into quick time and goes back to the farthest end of Raisina Hills. Then the Pipes and Drums of the Indian Army play traditional Scottish tunes & Indian tunes. This band also does a compound march. The last bands to perform are the combined bands of the Navy and the Air Force. This part of the ceremony ends with their compound march.

 

 

 

 

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