Breaking the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met people in the audience at the beating retreat ceremony. The PM was greeted with applause and roar from the audience. He shook hands with some people while the excited audience was taking pictures with charismatic Modi. The Beating Retreat ceremony took place at Vijay Chowk with 26 performances by the bands of armed forces, central police and state police contingents.The ceremony held on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.
— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2018
According to PTI report, the function began with President Ram Nath Kovind arriving at the venue, his first appearance as the Head of State during Beating Retreat ceremony. Several performances by Army, Air Force and Naval bands, among other troupes, thrilled the audience with patriotic fervour, as they cheered loudly against the backdrop of a delightful twilight. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other dignitaries along with chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force were present on the occasion.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 29, 2018
As many as 26 performances will be held by the Army, Navy, Air Force, state police and Central Armed Police Force bands taking turns to enthrall the audience including the president and other dignitaries.About 25 tunes prepared by the Indian musicians, including ‘Indian Soldiers’, ‘Herana Heran’, ‘Mushkoh Valley’, ‘Tejas’, ‘The Great Marshal’,’Namaste India’, among others.The only western tune played was ‘Abide with me’. The event came to a close with the ever-popular tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha’.