This year, the Beating Retreat ceremony will for the first time feature a laser show and a drone show with background music. The ceremony will mark the end of this year’s Republic Day celebrations which began on January 23. It will also be the first time that the parapet of the north and south blocks will have a laser projection mapping show to commemorate 75 years of Indian independence.
Hundreds of drones formed different formations on Tuesday night near the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the evening of the 73rd Republic Day. Raisina Hill’s visuals show several intricate and stunning formations by hordes of drones that light up and also change color. Lasers projected onto the parapet show moving artwork and visuals with music and narration in the background.
A total of 1,000 “made in India” drones formed different formations as part of a rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk.
The drone show aims to foster a Delhi-based startup, and India will become the fourth country to carry it out on such a scale, news agency ANI reported.
“To encourage a start of IIT-Delhi, for the first time 1000 drones will perform at the Beating Retreat event. After China, Russia and UK, India will be the fourth country to perform a drone show,” the Department of Defense said. sources.
Previously, the Ministry of Defense included the patriotic song “Aey Mere Watan ke Logo” in the Beating Retreat ceremony in a bid to “make it more Indian”.
The Abide With Me anthem was dropped from the event according to ceremony details shared by Indian defense officials.