Special Correspondent

Ninth All-India Police Band Competition begins

Bands from many States are taking part in the event

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on Friday urged police personnel to be amicable and close to people.

Inaugurating the ninth All-India Police Band Competition at the Rajaratnam stadium here, he praised the efforts of the State police to make police-public friendship a movement. “The Tamil Nadu Police has carved a niche [for itself] in prevention and detection of crime and has a very brilliant record of service.”

Mr. Barnala explained how music played a major role in inspiring soldiers in the battlefield and how, in ancient India, musical instruments such as conch shells, horns, bugles and drums were used to send signals during battle.

He complimented the Indian military band on its earning international recognition. The military music wing of the Army Education Corps Training College at Pachmari had played an important role in training bands and military musicians of different countries, besides the bands of the Indian army, navy, air force and paramilitary forces. Likewise, the All India Police Band Institute at Kadharpur, Gurgaon, provided the country’s police bands with qualitative training in martial music.

The national competition is being held in Tamil Nadu for the first time. Bands from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, besides those of the Border Security Force, the CRPF, RPF, CISF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Police Academy and SSB, New Delhi, are taking part in the four-day event.

The air was filled with different tunes of the colourful contingents when they marched past. Balloons went up as the Governor declared open the competition. He also released a dove.

Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police P. Rajendran, who received the first copy of a souvenir released on the occasion, said band troupes added colour and rhythm to the otherwise rigorous life of policemen.