Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon is New Song for the Beating Retreat Ceremony

Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Iconic hymn ‘Abide with me’ Now replaced with ”Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon” from 29 Jan 2022. Abide With Me was used in the ceremony since 1950. But Now Lata Mangeskar’s Song will be the new hymn for the Beating Retreat Ceremony from 2022.

Historical Background:-

The iconic hymn, written by Henry Francis Lyte in 1861 and tuned by William Henry Monk and said to have been a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi, is traditionally played at the conclusion of the annual 45-minute performance of military music marking the final event of the Republic Day Celebrations at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi.

Why New Hymn ”Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon”?

“The decision was made to only record Indian songs as this retreat is part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. Now from 29 Jan 2022, this new song will be played at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi during the Beating Retreat Ceremony at the end of the Republic Day Celebration.

What is Beating Retreat Ceremony

Beating Retreat represents a centuries-old military tradition when troops ceased fighting, holstered their weapons, retreated from the battlefield, and returned to their camps at the sound of “retreat.” The “retreat” also sounded to call patrol units to their barracks.

Ministry mentioned that the song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon” “causes a strong sense of patriotism with all the Indians,” as all citizens can understand the letters.

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