New Delhi, January 29: Today evening at the Vijay Chowk in Delhi, ‘Beating  Retreat’ ceremony will be held and the nation is all set to witness as many as 26 live performances, with the foot-tapping music. This year, Bands from the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the State Police and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) officials will participate in the ceremony. Also Read - Beating Retreat Ceremony to Affect Metro Services, DMRC Issues Advisory

Out of 26 performances, 25 have been composed by famous musicians and ‘Abide with me’ will be the only western tune to be performed here today. The event will culminate with the tune of ‘Sare Jahan se Acha’. Also Read - Delhi: Remembering Martyrs, Kargil 'Victory Run' Flagged Off From Vijay Chowk | WATCH

Eighteen Military Bands, 15 Pipes and Drums Bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions will be participating in the 2018 ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony. Major Ashok Kumar will be the principal conductor of the ceremony. Also Read - Delhi Metro: Central Secretariat Metro Station to Remain Closed From 4 PM to 6:30 PM For Beating Retreat Ceremony

Army Military bands conductor will be Subedar Major SK Sharma and the Navy and Air Force band conductors will be Master Chief Petty Officer (Musician-I) Ramesh Chand and Junior Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar respectively.

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The conductor of the State Police and CAPF bands will be Constable Bhim Singh.

Buglers will perform under the leadership of Subedar Jagdish Giri and pipes and drums bands will play under the instructions of Subedar Major Num Bahadur Gurung.

The ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony is held here every year on January 29, marking the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations.

The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.

‘Beating Retreat’ 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.

(With input from agencies)