Drone show adds colour to Beating the Retreat ceremony

Band performs at the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony at Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi on January 29, 2022. (Photo/PIB)

New Delhi: The Beating the Retreat ceremony was held on the evening of January 29, 2022 at Vijay Chowk in the national capital.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the chiefs of the three services and others witnessed the ceremony, whose main attraction was 1000 sky-dazzling drones.

For the first time, the drone show was made a part of this event to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The show added colour to the ceremony.

This drone show was conducted by Startup – ‘Botlab Dynamics’ in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Department of Science and Technology. Synchronized background music was played during the drone show.

Several new tunes were added to the celebrations to celebrate the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. These include ‘Hind Ki Sena’ and ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’.

The event concluded with the popular tune ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’.

What is Beating the Retreat Ceremony?

Beating the Retreat is a military ceremony that takes place every evening at sunset. It is performed by the British Army and other armies in Commonwealth countries.

The ceremony derives from an old custom in England where the local militia would muster and march to the nearest church for evening prayers before returning to their homes. The term “beating the retreat” originally described this process where soldiers would beat drums or other instruments to announce their departure from enemy territory. (PW News)

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