GRAND MILITARY SPECTACLE AT ROYAL CALCUTTA TURF CLUB
It was an experience of a lifetime for those fortunate enough to attend the Military Tattoo at RCTC which was organized as part of the 51st Vijay Diwas celebrations by the Indian Army on 15 December. Lt Gen RP Kalita, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM,Army Commander Eastern Command, was the chief guest for the event. The event was also witnessed by Senior military, civilian dignitaries, and guests from Bangladesh. This grand event was open to the public and saw a huge turnout of people from across the city and state.
This event showcased the various military skills of the Army that are generally not displayed to the common public. The audience was dazzled by fly Past Su 30 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The Dhruv, Rudra, and Cheetah Helicopter of the Indian Army carried out mock strafing runs and insertion of the Special Forces team with equipment. Sky Divers who jumped from 12,000 feet and landed with pinpoint precision were a sight to behold. Display by the Paramotor team was appreciated for their deft handling of the flying machines. The horse show included tent pegging and cavalry charges by Army riders and horses. The dog show entertained the audience with their skill in IED detection and discipline.
Cultural art forms of Jhanj Patak- Malkham and Kalari Payattu were also performed as a reminder that the Indian Army has maintained a bond with its traditional roots. The moves, twists, turns, and unstoppable energy of Jhanj Patak created a lively and festive environment. Army soldiers who performed Kalari Payattu showcased the ancient Indian Martial Arts that originated in Kerala. It is the oldest surviving martial arts in the world and it includes strikes, kicks, grappling, and sword fighting. The event culminated with a massed band display in which military tunes were played while the band also carried out marching.
It was definitely a memorable afternoon for all spectators who were left with a lasting impression of the skills and capability of its armed forces.