International military music festival to promote peace begins today

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (ANI): To promote peace through music, New Delhi is all set to host military musicians and cultural troupes of six armies -- India, UK, Sri Lanka, France, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Musicians in all world-class armies have played a pivotal role not only in high standards of ceremonial functions, but also in adding vigour to the daily routine of regimental life of a soldier.

The itinerary includes performances by world-class musicians of The Royal EME (UK), The French Army, The Sri Lankan Army, The Bangladesh Army and The Nepalese Army apart from bands of the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.

The performances of these elite bands will commence with concert at the Purana Quila on March 3 followed by functions at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt.

There will be presentations of Kalaipayattu, Khukri Dance, Lezium, Janch pathaka, Bhangra and traditional dances from Ladakh and North East as well.

The elite 61 Cavalry, which is the only Cavalry Regiment in the world, will also carry out a cavalry display.

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Defence Minister AK Antony will grace the occasion while the best of the martial musicians will create symphony to the perfection.

The function will be open to public on March 5-6 at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt.

The occasion is unique as it is for the first time that such a function is being hosted in the country. (ANI)

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