The sun was slowly setting as the army brass band moved forward with a haunting version of George Frederick Handel's "Scipio", a slow march featuring the woodwinds echoing a theme etched out by the brass.
It was then the turn of the massed bands to come forward for one last time. They did so with the grandios "Sher-e-Jawan" and the "Drummers Call" that involved staccato beats on the kettle drums that rose to a cresendo and tapered off to a single drumbeat.
Image: President Pranab Mukherjee, seated between two presidential bodyguards, watches Beating Retreat ceremony at Raisina hills, which houses India's most important ministries and presidential palace, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (AP)