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Highlights of Beating the Retreat-2012 Image Courtesy-REUTERS/B Mathur

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Republic Day celebrations came to a close as the Sun went down the Raisana Hills which was then lit up after lilting martial tunes and massed pipes and drum bands reverberated the air enthalling those gathered at the function at the historic Vijay Chowk. Image Courtesy-PTI

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Army, navy and airforce bands play at Vijay Chowk, flanked by the north and south block, during Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. Image Courtesy-AP

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Army, navy and airforce bands play at Vijay Chowk during the Beating Retreat ceremony. Image Courtesy-AP

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Presidential bodyguards stand in formation at Vijay Chowk with the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the background. Image Courtesy-AP

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The ceremony saw 35 bands from three armed services in their colourful ensembles playing tunes like 'Sare Jahan se Achha' penned by Iqbal and 'Abide with Me', the eternally enchanting hymn which was a favourite tune of Mahatma Gandhi. Image Courtesy-AP

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The Rashtrapati Bhavan seen after the Beating Retreat ceremony. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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The North and South blocks of the Rashtrapati Bhavan all lit up after the ceremony. Image Courtesy-Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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The Parliament after the Beating Retreat ceremony. Image Courtesy-Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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India Gate lit up with the colours of the flag, at the end of the Beating Retreat ceremony. Image Courtesy-Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels in front of the Presidential Palace during the full-dress rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 28, 2011. Image Courtesy-REUTERS/B Mathur

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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and their camels are silhouetted against the setting sun as they rehearse for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2011. Image Courtesy-REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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