1,000 drones to dazzle sky at ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony in National Capital


A thousand drones will dazzle the sky above Delhi for the first time ever, as part of a drone show which will be the highlight of the Beating Retreat ceremony today.

The ceremony will be held at the historic Vijay Chowk. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence minister Rajnath Singh and others will also be among the many dignitaries who will witness the show.

AIR correspondent reports that Martial musical tunes with Indian fervour will be the flavour of the ceremony this year. For the first time, the drone show has been made a part of the ceremony to commemorate 75 years of Independence, being celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.The drone show has been organized by a startup ‘Botlab Dynamics’ and supported by Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Department of Science and Technology. The show would be of 10 minutes duration involving around one thousand drones fabricated through indigenous technology. Synchronized background music will also be played during the drone show. 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 . The entry band will be Massed Band playing the ‘Veer Sainik’ tune.

This will be followed by Pipes and Drums Band, CAPF Band, Air Force Band, Naval Band, Army Military Band and Massed Bands.The principal conductor of the ceremony will be Commander Vijay Charles D’Cruz.

Besides, A number of new tunes have been added to the ceremony to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. These 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’. Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi.

Beating the Retreat’ is a centuries-old military tradition dating from the days when troops disengaged from 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.

Drumbeats recall the days when troops, lodged in towns and cities, were recalled to their quarters at an appointed time in the evening. Based on these military traditions, ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony creates a mood of nostalgia of the times gone by.

Source: https://newsonair.gov.in/News?title=1%2c000-drones-to-dazzle-sky-at-%26%2339%3bBeating-the-Retreat%26%2339%3b-ceremony-in-National-Capital&id=434388

Donovan Larsen

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