The band members, in their red, olive green, orange and navy blue uniform, played the tunes for an hour before the flag was lowered amid retreat by buglers.
'Beating the Retreat' has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.
Image: People admire illuminated President House after the Beating Retreat ceremony. (PTI)