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Beating The Retreat 2019: 3 Day Celebrations Concludes On The Tunes Of National Song

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| January 29 , 2019 , 19:45 IST

The annual ceremony, ‘Beating The Retreat’ which marks the culmination of Republic Day celebrations concluded with the tunes of India’s national song,  ‘saree jhaan se accha’ on Tuesday.

Rashtrapati Bhavan was illuminated in the colors of the Indian flag to mark the end of Beating Retreat ceremony.

Captivating music of the bands from the state police and Central Armed Police Force, the Defence Ministry enthralled the spectators with the Army, the Navy, the Air Force.

PM Narendra Modi and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh along with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa were among the guests for the ceremony.

Both Indian and western musians played their beats Indian Star', 'Paharon ki Rani', 'Kumaoni Geet', 'Jai Janam Bhumi', 'Queen of Satpura', 'Marooni', 'Vijay', 'Soldier-My Valentine', 'Bhupal', 'Vijay Bharat', 'Aakash Ganga', 'Gangotri', 'Namaste India', 'Samudrika, Jai Bharat', 'Young India', 'Veerta Ki Misal', 'Amar Senani', 'Bhumiputra', were the Indian BANDS.

Western tunes played includeD 'Fanfare by Buglers', 'Sound Barrier', 'Emblazoned', 'Twilight', 'Alert' (Post Horn Gallop) 'Space Flight', 'Drummers Call' and 'Abide With Me.'

The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.

Beating Retreat marks a centuries-old military tradition when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat.