Before Dawn - Role of Indian Army Band in parade rehearsals
I come from a small town in North Bengal and shifted to New Delhi for study and work. India’s capital instantly made an impression on me, especially events of the Republic Day Parade (RDP) which takes place every year on 26th January to mark India’s transition to a Republic and adoption of the Constitution of India. It is undoubtedly the most important event in the political and military calendar, which is also an occasion to display India’s rising power and prestige to the world. I had grown up listening to RDP broadcast on All India Radio and watched it on Doordarshan, but after I shifted to New Delhi, I made every effort to watch it live. My involvement started long before the main event. I turned up to catch the rehearsals on Rajpath which start in December culminating in a full dress rehearsal two days before the main event. I would shoot for a couple of hours, from 5 am to 7 am, and then head to office in the cold winter morning when it was still dark.