India's Republic Day celebrations came to an end with the 'Beating Retreat' ceremony in New Delhi with marching bands, camel-mounted troops and the illumination of the Presidential Palace and surrounding buildings. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) India's Republic Day celebrations came to an end with the 'Beating Retreat' ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday (January 29) which was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. The ceremony at the Vijay Chowk square on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long celebrations for Republic Day, which mark the adoption of Indian Constitution on January 26 in 1950. 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 bands. It marks a centuries old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat.