Indian army bagpipe bands’ swaying march – help!

Dear reader: can anyone enlighten me?

The Indian Military Pipe band perform during the 2010 Commonwealth ...

I am a keen fan of military parades and march pasts.  I regularly watch on TV the annual Trooping of the Colour in London and sometimes the very long Independence Day parade at the Red Fort in Delhi.

Recently, I noticed that the Indian army bagpipe bands tend to sway as they march. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fkT6SdD9LQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgW0HnY9crA  Bands without bagpipes do not sway.

I tried to check via Google if the Pakistani army bagpipe bands did the same and couldn’t find any example.  So, my conclusion is that it was not a habit formed during the Raj but developed indigenously after Independence.

So the question: when and why did the Indian army bagpipe bands develop this swaying action?

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8 Comments to “Indian army bagpipe bands’ swaying march – help!”

  1. Hi Charles—No, I do not know anyone in the Indian Army or DofD who might have helped to solve this new phenomenon!

    Before this I had not heard/seen this swaying marching band. If India is the only country with this ….I think it could be to do with Modi Magic ??

    Oh, India is blessed with this “colourful turbaned” (as seen on India Independence Day at Red Fort) Prime Minister!!

    JaiHind

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    • I suspect it was there before Modi.

      Perhaps they held n inter-forces band competition and one band leader decided to sway his band and won. Thereafter others followed.

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      • Hi Charles…thanks for your creative thinking!
        —and it sounds convincing! Shall we (who did not know) take it as an obvious explanation!

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        • I’ve sent this blog to several of my Indian friends and so far two answers came: one is not repeatable in polite company – to do with kilts and the other to do with the Indian swaying of the head to signify “yes”, meaning we’re enjoying it.

          What do you think?

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          • I am not convinced by the explanation given by one of your Indian friends, Of Course, swaying or nodding your head send a positive signal, but in this context, not convincing!

            If all fails, I suggest to contact India High Commission, London, and I hope (IHC) will be happy to provide the reason behind the swaying by Indian Army bagpipes Band in the marching.

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          • I tried the Contact Us on the Indian MoD website and got no response. Maybe I will try the INdian HC next.

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  2. Indian army bagpipe bands’ swaying march—-

    At the beginning of my Engineering career in UK, I started in Scotland and was pleasantly surprised to see the Scottish Band with bagpipes. Until now I had not heard about “swaying” and surprised to see the swaying by the Indian Army bagpipes Band in the marching.

    I can only conclude that Indian Army has put a twist in the Scottish Bagpipe…just to be different!

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