Military bands play Indian melodies as they conclude Republic Day celebrations in 2023
Indian music based on Indian Classical Ragas were performed during this year's "Beating the Retreat" celebration on January 29 at Vijay Chowk in the national capital, which was attended by President Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Droupadi Murmu. Rajnath Singh, the defense minister, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the event.
Songs based on classical Indian ragas
The celebration began with the massed band's "Agniveer" melody, which was followed by captivating melodies by the pipes and drums band, including "Almora," "Kedar Nath," "Sangam Dur," "Queen of Satpura," "Bhagirathi," and "Konkan Sundari."
Contrarily, the band of the Indian Air Force performed "Aprajey Arjun," "Charkha," "Vayu Shakti," and "Swadeshi," while the band of the Indian Navy played the mesmerizing "Ekla Cholo Re," "Hum Taiyyar Hai," and "Jai Bharati."
"Shankhnaad," "Sher-e-Jawan," "Bhupal," "Agranee Bharat," "Young India," "Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja," "Drummers Call," and "Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon" were performed by the Indian Army band.
The ever-popular song "Sare Jahan se Accha" marked the conclusion of the event.
Flt Lt Leimapokpam Rupachandra Singh led the event as its main conductor. Sub Maj Diggar Singh led the Army Band, while M Anthoni Raj and Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar, respectively, led the Naval and Air Force bands. Assistant Sub-Inspector Prem Singh led the State Police and CAPF bands.
Under the direction of Naib Subedar Santosh Kumar Pandey, the buglers performed, while Subedar Major Baswaraj Vagge directed the pipes and drums ensemble.
The four-day Republic Day festivities come to a close on January 29 at the Vijay Chowk with the yearly "Beating the Retreat" ritual. It has come to represent national pride when the Colors and Standards are paraded.
The event's origins may be traced back to Indian Army Major Roberts, who created the unique showcase ceremony by massed bands in the early 1950s. A military ritual that has been practiced for hundreds of years involves soldiers leaving the field of combat, sheathing their weapons, and departing for their camps at dusk to the sound of the Retreat. Flags, standards, and colors are all decreased. The event evokes thoughts of more innocent times.