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'Dhola Re Dhola', 'Incredible India' lend patriotic fervour to 'Beating The Retreat'

Posted on Jan 30, 09:32AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 29 : Indian tunes, including the popular 'Dhola Re Dhola', 'Jitesh', 'Incredible India', 'Independence March', 'Young India' and 'Scipio' weaved a colourful ambience at the 'Beating The Retreat' ceremony here, which marks the culmination of the Republic Day celebrations.

Several bands from Army, Navy and Air Force played military tunes including 'Incredible India', 'Independence March', 'Young India' and 'Scipio' at the colourful ceremony at Vijay Chowk, where President Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest

The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Defence Minister AK Antony

The tunes lend a patriotic fervour to the occasion, thus providing a fitting finale to the four-day Republic Day celebrations

This year too, Indian tunes was the flavour of the 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony. As many as 18 of the 23 performances were composed by Indian musicians; just five popular tunes by foreign musicians were retained, interspersed four times with 'Fanfare', a collage by Buglers, and the 'Drummers' Call', a traditional performance by only the drummers. The ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. Fourteen Military Bands, Six Pipes and Drums Bands from regimental centres and 11 Pipes and Drums Bands from batallions, Buglers and Trumpeters from various Army Regiments performed during the ceremony. Besides, there were two Bands from the Navy and Air Force. Most of the tunes played by the Army's Military Bands were based on Indian tunes. Two new compositions, - 'Dhola Re Dhola' by Maj Gen KN Bhatt and Maj N Hussain and 'Jitesh' by Maj Khem Chand, were also played. Other tunes which were played included 'Incredible India', 'Independence March', 'Young India' and 'Scipio'. Navy and Air Force band performed the tune of 'Man of War', 'The Admiral Insignia', 'Evening Breeze' and 'Through the Great Ocean' composed by Lt Cdr SK Champion, and other tunes were 'Astronaut' and 'Sound Barrier' composed by MWO JA George.