• President Pranab Mukherjee at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan ahead Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, on Jan 26, 2015.IANS
  • President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Barack Obama during Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi, on Jan 26, 2015.IANS

Where to Watch Live: Obama to Attend India's 66th Republic Day Parade on Monday as Chief Guest


12:01 pm: US President Barack Obama, his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi, US first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries leave Rajpath.

11:59 am: Su-30 flypast at a speed to 900km/hr creating Vertical Charlie disappears in the foggy sky, concluding the Republic Day parade attended by US President Barack Obama, who was also the chief guest of the event.

11:52 am: Now starts the concluding stunts by Air Force personnel, who flypast in jets, including Sukhoi and MiG.

11:46 am: The Border Security Force personnel perform stunts on motorcycle depicting national bird Peacock and national flower Lotus. BSF is celebrating the golden jubilee this year.

11:38 am: Girls perform a dance dedicated to Mangalyaan (Mars Mission) success on the theme – "Kal Humara Hai" (Tomorrow is Ours) – sending out a message to the nation through the song.

11:36 am: Delhi school students perform a dance portraying the Swachh Bharat mission.

11:34 am: School studnets from Maharashtra performs Marathi Folk Dance Gondhal.

11:30 am: Folk dance performance by performers from western states.

11:29 am: 24 children, who received bravery awards, passes by saluting base.

11:28 am: Tableaux from Ministry of Railways goes on Rajpath.

11:26 am: Tableaux representing Beti Bachao Beti PadhaoCampaignpasses by saluting base on Rajpath.

11:25 am: Tableaux of Ministry of Law shows glimpses of a walk of justice.

11:24 am: Tableaux of Ministry of Panchayat representing a panchayat goes on Rajpath.

11:23 am: Tableaux of Ayush Mantralayagoes on Rajpath

11:18 am: Now comes the tableaux from Gujarat paying homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

11: 16 am: Tableaux from Maharashtra displays the Pandarpur Yatra which is completed in 21 days.

11:15 am: Tableaux from Arunachal Pradesh presents the dance of the priest and its culture.

11:13 am: Tableaux from Chhattisgarh promotes the folk song of the state.

11:12 am: Tableaux from Haryana now passes by the saluting base on Rajpath showcasing the serenity of nature.

11:11 am: Tableaux from Jammu & Kashmir represents the cultural and folk dance and the song of the state.

11:09 am: Tableaux from Telangana displays its Bonalu culture.

11:08 am: Tableaux from Sikkim represents the cultivation of black cardamom. Assam is the biggest producer of the spice.

11:07 am: Tableaux from Jharkhand representing the tribal culture passes by the saluting base on Rajpath.

11:05 am: Tableaux from Assam represents the culture of the eastern state as well as its greenery.

 11:04 am: Tableaux from Uttarakhand represents a visit to Kedarnath.

11:02 am: Tableaux from Goa representing the fishing culture passes by playing a folk song, followed with the tableaux from Madhya Pradesh.

11 am: Tableaux from Andhra Pradesh, representing the festival celebrated ahead of the harvesting season in South India, passes by the saluting base on Rajpath.

10:56 am: Boys National Cadet Corps band playing "Qadam Qadam Badhaye Jaa" march past the saluting base on Rajpath.

10:50 am: The Indo-Tibet regiment led by Ramesh Kumar march past the saluting base on Rajpath playing "kadam kadam badhaye jaao".

10:49 am: The Assam Rifle Band march past the saluting base playing "Assam Rifle ke sipahi, desh ki humne shaan badhayi".

10:45 am: Border Security Forces, riding on decked-up camels in command of Kuldeep Chaudhary, passes through the saluting base on Rajpath. More than 75 items were used in the decoration of the camels and in the making of their uniforms.

10:44 am: Rakesh Kumar leads a contingent of Border Security Forces.

10:44 am: Pankaj Rawal leads a musical band of 100 soldiers playing "Saare Jahaan se Achha".

10:43 am: Tek bahadur leads the contingent of musicians and JCOs playing "Hasti Lusai".

10:39 am: DRDO equipment columns with Akash missile passes through the Saluting base on Rajpath.

10:38 am: The first all-women Air Force contingent led by Sneha Shekhawat march past the saluting base at Rajpath.

10:36 am: The ladies commander contingent led by Lt. Priya Jay Kumar leading march past the saluting base, representing the Republic Day theme for 2015 - Naari Shakti (women empowermet).

10:32 am: Passing through the saluting base is the Sikh regiment led by Vikram Nehwal, and the Jat contingent led by SD Singh.

10:26 am: Captain Divya Ajith  leads the march past of the women armed forces.

10:16 am: Armed Forces personnel, including the awardees of Ashok Chakra, and 61 cavalry contingent begin march past.

10:12 am: The parade on Rajpath begins amid fog and a slight drizzle.

10:10 am: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Ashok Chakra to Major Mukund Varadharajan's wife Indu Rebecca Varghese and also to Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh's wife.

10:05 am: Distribution of bravery awards – Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra – begins.

10:04 am: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee hoists the tricolour.

10:03 am: Mukherjee greets US Prez Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama.

10:02 am: Mukherjee arrives at Rajpath, received by PM Narendra Modi.

10 am: Mukherjee is arriving in his motorcade being escorted with horse mounted guards. He is being welcomed with "welcome" song being played in Sanskrit.

9:55 am: President of United States of America Barack Obama arrives at the saluting base at Rajpath. PM Narendra Modi welcomes Obama and US' first lady Michelle Obama.

9:54 am: Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrives at saluting base. Modi welcomes him and his wife Salma Ansari.

9:50 am: Modi arrives at the saluting base, welcomed with cheers by the spectators.

9:45 am: Modi signes the ceremonial book and pens down his thoughts for the soldiers who died fighting for the country.

9:40 am: Modi places floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti and observes a two-minute silence as tribute to the martyrs.

9:39 am: Modi arrives at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, welcomed by Defence Minister Mahonar Parikkar.

9:31am: Parikkar arrives at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. Modi's carcade heads towards India Gate.

Indians are set to watch the unfolding of the Republic Day celebrations, which commemorate the day when the new nation's governing document was replaced with the Constitution of India 65 years ago.

India's 66th Republic Day will be celebrated in the presence of United States President Barack Obama, who is also the chief guest at the national event.

The Republic Day celebration with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute to martyrs by laying wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti – memorial to unknown soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the nation.

The event will be followed with flag hoisting at the Red Fort at 9am by the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee, who will then confer bravery awards on the personnel of Armed Forces and civilians who have shown immense courage in trying circumstances.

The prize distribution will finally be taken over by the much-awaited part of 26 January's celebrations, when President Obama will witness the diversity of India in the form of several cultural programmes, including folk songs and dances representing different states, and its military capability that will be put on display during the parade on Rajpath.

The parade will begin at around 9:50 am from Vijay Chowk and will proceed to Red Fort Ground passing through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg, and will go on till 12 pm, including march past, motorcycle riding and flypast by Armed Forces.

The US President is on his three-day visit to India along with his wife and first lady of US, Michelle Obama. On 25 January, the first day of his visit, Obama was welcomed at Rashtrapati Bhavan with a guard of honour led by Wing Commander Pooja Thankur.

He also visited Raj Ghat to pay his respect to Mahatma Gandhi and placed a floral wreath at his memorial there after which he spent a few hours with Modi at Hyderabad House. His first day concluded with a banquet hosted by Mukherjee at the presidential palace – Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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