Foot-tapping drumbeats, sing- along martial tunes and calming chimes reverberated the air as the imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan lit up at sunset to announce the end of the 64th Republic Day celebrations with 'Beating Retreat' ceremony at Vijay Chowk here today.
The massed bands played to the famous tunes of 'Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja' and 'Saare Jahan Se Achchha' among the Indian tunes at the conclusion of the four-day-long ceremony.
As many as 18 of the 23 performances were composed by Indian musicians, while just five popular tunes by foreign musicians have been retained, interspersed four times with 'Fanfare', a collage by buglers, and the 'Drummers' Call', a traditional performance by drummers.
Image: President Pranab Mukherjee, in front of chair between two presidential bodyguards on left, along with three defense service chiefs salute as Indian navy sailors bring down the Indian flag at the end of the Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (AP)