Republic Day 2022: No foreign chief guest this year due to COVID-19; 1000 drones to display multiple formations in sky to celebrate 75 years of independence

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To encourage a startup led by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, for the first time in the country, a drone show consisting of 1,000 drones will be held during the Beating Retreat event in Republic Day celebrations this year

New Delhi: Due to the surge in cases of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron globally, including India, no heads of state of Central Asian countries will be attending India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

India had sent formal invitations to the heads of state of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi last year. “Due to COVID-19, we will not have Central Asian leaders’ visits,” diplomatic sources told ANI. The inviting of heads of all five Central Asian countries on the occasion of India’s Republic Day reflects the importance New Delhi gives to its Central Asian policy.

Meanwhile, to encourage a startup led by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, for the first time in the country, a drone show consisting of 1,000 drones will be held during the Beating Retreat event in Republic Day celebrations this year, said an official from the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday.

After China, Russia and UK, India will be the fourth country to perform drone show.

The official also said that this year, the Beating Retreat ceremony will also witness projection mapping to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence.

“Botlab Dynamics, a start-up incubated at IIT Delhi, will organize the show where 1,000 drones will configure themselves in multiple formations during the show,” he added.

He said that all drones are indigenously developed and designed. Indian will become fourth country after China, Russia and United States to organize such a massive drone show.

“Projection mapping on parapet of North and South block walls will be used to create immersive environment during the event. The theme will be 75 years of Independence,” he added.

The Beating Retreat ceremony mainly consists of performances of the bands of the three services on the last day of Republic Day celebrations. The ceremony takes place at Vijay Chowk on January 29 every year.

Delhi Police has fortified areas in and around Rajpath with multi-layer security, facial recognition systems and more than 1,000 CCTVs in view of the republic day celebrations. (With inputs from ANI)

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