Thousand drones to light up Delhi sky at ‘Beating Retreat’ celebration

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For the first time ever, a thousand drones will glitter the sky above national capital Delhi as part of a drone spectacle that will be the highlight of today’s ‘Beating Retreat’ celebration, according to the Union defence ministry.

President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Ram Nath Kovind, will attend the ceremony on Saturday at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. The performance will be attended by several dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The 10-minute drone performance, according to the defence ministry, would commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, which is being commemorated this year as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ Under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, it was conceptualised, created, produced, and choreographed.

According to the ministry, the drone expo was organised by startup ‘Botlab Dynamics’ with help from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and the Department of Science and Technology.

During the drone exhibition, roughly 1,000 drones made with indigenous technology will fly up for ten minutes while synchronised background music is played.

“Martial musical tunes with Indian fervour will be the flavour of the ceremony this year. A total of 26 performances will enthral the spectators with foot-tapping music played by the bands of Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF),” the ministry said.

Massed Band, playing the ‘Veer Sainik’ melody, will be the first band to perform at the event, followed by Pipes and Drums Band, CAPF Band, Air Force Band, Naval Band, Army Military Band, and Massed Bands. Commander Vijay Charles D’Cruz will be the main conductor of the ceremony, according to the ministry.

With the ever-popular music of ‘Sare Jahan Se Acha,’ the celebration will come to an end.

‘Beating Retreat’ is a centuries-old military custom that traces back to when armies retired from battle at sunset. The troops stopped fighting, sheathed their weapons, and retreated from the battlefield as soon as the buglers sounded the retreat.

To this day, the custom of standing still during the sounding of retreat is still practised. Drumbeats reminisced about the days when servicemen were summoned to their quarters in the evening. At retreats, colours and standards are dropped and flags are lowered.

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