As the massed bands halted the pipes and drums peeled off with a medley of quick and slow marches that included "Bala Sepaiah", "Suman Sarila" and "Pulkat Himalaya", etching out squares, triangles and circles on Vijay Chowk and rounded off by a deft display of stick work by the kettle drummers.
It was then the turn of the navy and air force to take centre-stage.
Image: A naval band performs during the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The ceremony is held annually on Jan. 29, which marks the end of Republic Day celebrations. (AP)