The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

In tune with the bands …

I have always been fascinated by martial music, and have enjoyed watching / listening to the music played by the bands of the Indian armed forces – particularly those of the various army regiments. The Republic Day celebrations and the Beating Retreat provided me an opportunity to listen to this music.

Beating retreat1

Did you know that there exists a college of military music in India?

Located in Pachmarhi, a hill station nestled in the Satpura ranges in Madhya Pradesh, is the Military Music Wing of the Army Education Corps Training College. Set up in 1950 under the patronage of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the college has trained bands not only of the Indian armed forces, but also military musicians from other countries.

One of the most distinguished directors of the MMW was (Padma Shree) Harold Joseph who used traditional Indian folk-lore from places as afar as Punjab, Rajasthan, Garhwal and the Konkan coast to create some wonderful marching tunes such as Hanste Lushai (The smiling hills of Lushai) and Konkan Sundari (The beauty from Konkan).

Here are some links to the music of the Indian armed forces – some of the marches and tunes are truly outstanding. One of my favourites is Herana Herana, a quick march played by the Pipes and drums, which is based on a folk song from Kumaon – check out the army band link. You will need Real Player to listen to this music, though.




August 26, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that

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