Beating Retreat 2023 Highlights: Ceremony concludes, President Murmu departs for Rashtrapati Bhavan; PM Modi returns from Vijay Chowk | The Financial Express

Beating Retreat 2023 Highlights: Ceremony concludes, President Murmu departs for Rashtrapati Bhavan; PM Modi returns from Vijay Chowk

The ceremony will also witness the country’s biggest Drone Show, comprising of 3,500 indigenous drones.

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Beating Retreat 2023 Highlights: In a first, a 3-D anamorphic projection will be organised during the ceremony. (Image/PTI)

Beating Retreat 2023 Highlights: Indian tunes based on classical ragas will be the flavour of ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony this year, the Ministry of Defence said. President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be attending the ceremony scheduled to start in the evening on January 29, Sunday at Delhi’s Vijay Chowk. The music bands of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the State Police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will play 29 foot-tapping Indian tunes, the Ministry stated in an official release.

India’s Biggest Drone Show

The ceremony will also witness the country’s biggest Drone Show, comprising of 3,500 indigenous drones. The show will “depict the success of start-up ecosystem, technological prowess of the country’s youth and pave the way for future path-breaking trends”. In a first, a 3-D anamorphic projection will be organised during the ceremony on the façade of North and South Block.

Here are all the highlights from the closing event:

Live Updates
18:59 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Naval Band at the closing ceremony

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18:24 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: President departs for Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Draupadi Murmu departs for Rashtrapati Bhavan after the ceremony concludes.

18:18 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Charkha by Air Force band

Air Force band plays 'Charkha' Slow March composed and arranged by Flight Lt. Leimapokpam Rupchandra Singh

18:04 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ feat. Naval Band

18:03 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Air Force Band at the ceremony

17:50 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Performing in the rain

17:48 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Killers Anthem ft. Naval Band

Naval Band performs Killers Anthem at Beating the Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk. (Image: Twitter/DD)

17:37 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: The Grand Entry

17:33 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: CAPF Band performs

Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) band performs on the tune of 'Pragati' at the ceremony.

17:15 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: PM Modi arrives at the ceremony

16:42 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: When and where to watch the ceremony?

16:14 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Biggest drone show of India

The event will witness the country's biggest Drone Show, comprising of 3,500 indigenous drones. The drone show will light up the evening sky over the Raisina hills, weaving myriad forms of national figures/events through smooth synchronisation. It will depict the success of the startup ecosystem, technological prowess of the country's youth and pave the way for future path-breaking trends. The drone show will be organised by Botlabs Dynamics. (PTI)

16:00 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Pictures from the rehearsal

The ceremony denotes the end of Republic Day festivities in the country. The ceremony is conducted on the evening of 29th January, the third day after Republic Day. It is organized by Section D of the Ministry of Defence.

Here are some picures from the Full-Dress rehearsals

15:31 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Delhi police says elaborate traffic arrangements in place for ceremony

Traffic restrictions will be put in place from 2 pm to 9.30 pm on Sunday, according to an advisory, and Vijay Chowk will remain closed for traffic. Traffic will not be allowed on Rafi Marg between Sunehri Masjid roundabout and Krishi Bhawan roundabout, beyond Dara Shikoh roundabout, Krishna Menon Marg roundabout and Sunehri Masjid towards Vijay Chowk. Traffic will be restricted on Kartavyapath between Vijay Chowk and “C” hexagon, the advisory said.

The commuters are advised to take alternate routes like Ring Road, Ridge Road, Aurobindo Marg, Madarsa ''T'' Point, Lodhi Road, Sunramanian Bharti Marg, Safdarjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg, Rani Jhansi Road, Minto Road etc.

The buses will be diverted from their normal routes from 2 pm to 9.30 pm on Sunday to facilitate the vehicles of invitees and spectators and to avoid traffic congestion on roads around the venues of the ceremony and India Gate, the advisory said. (PTI)

15:20 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Stunning visuals from the rehearsal

15:15 (IST) 29 Jan 2023
Beating Retreat 2023 Live: Origins of the Beating Retreat ceremony

‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29th every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. It has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded.

The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands. It 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. Colours and Standards are cased and flags lowered. The ceremony creates nostalgia for the times gone by.

First published on: 29-01-2023 at 15:10 IST