“Beating the retreat”
The ceremonial “Beating the Retreat” which brings the Republic Day celebrations to a close in the capital was not only as colourful as ever this year, but the band music was of a high quality. For the first time, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Vice-President, drove in State to Vijaya Chowk to take the salute. The programme could be divided into three groups: pipes and drums, low pitch bands, and high pitch bands, each one of them entering the arena together at the beginning and separately later preceded by fanfare. The feature of this year's programme was a number of pieces composed and orchestrated by Indian armed forces musicians including “Konkan Sundri,” “Vir Gorkha” and “Our Fighting Forces.” The famous piece, “Abide with me,”was played so beautifully as to move many in the audience visibly, but the piece de resistance of the evening was “Scipio” played by the high pitched bands. The note played by the solitary bugler from the ramparts of the Secretariat was very touching.
Sharing Godavari waters
The case of the Madras Government for a share of the waters of the Krishna and Godavari rivers has been set out in a memorandum submitted by the State Government to the Gulhati Commission, set up by the Union Government to go into matters connected with the sharing of the waters of these rivers between the States concerned, namely, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Mysore.
Mr. C.R. Srinivasan, Editor of Swadesamitran , prominent Tamil daily, and a reputed Banking expert, died in Madras on January 29. He joined Swadesamitran as Manager and Assistant Editor in 1915. He became its editor in 1928 and it's Managing Director in 1934. He retired in December, 1955, but continued to be its Honorary Editor till his last days. A self-made man, he succeeded Mr. A. Rangaswami Iyengar as Editor of Swadesamitran and became a leading figure in the newspaper world, and contributed much to the shaping of the policies during the years of war, when the Press had to face problems on account of censorship and other restrictions.