Photos: Independence Day full dress rehearsals from across the country

Indian military and police personnel began their full dress rehearsals ahead of the 74th Independence Day celebrations on August 15. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has issued a safety advisory encouraging the use of technology to telecast the celebrations instead of large gatherings. In Delhi's Red Fort, all ceremonies will be conducted as usual followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech and the national anthem.

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Armed forces personnel and NCC cadets during the full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 13. Although the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease has been a dampener for most events and occasions this year, the spirits of the participating personnel in the full dress rehearsal events across the country including the iconic Red Fort soared high and in full enthusiasm for the event that is to take place on August 15. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

Armed forces personnel and NCC cadets during the full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 13. Although the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease has been a dampener for most events and occasions this year, the spirits of the participating personnel in the full dress rehearsal events across the country including the iconic Red Fort soared high and in full enthusiasm for the event that is to take place on August 15. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

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NCC cadets during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 13. In Delhi, the rehearsal took place amid a downpour. Visuals from the Red Fort exhibited personnel in masks, observing social distancing while marching in line to the tune of the band. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

NCC cadets during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 13. In Delhi, the rehearsal took place amid a downpour. Visuals from the Red Fort exhibited personnel in masks, observing social distancing while marching in line to the tune of the band. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

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Jammu and Kashmir Police band performs during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on August 13. In an Independence Day advisory issued last month, the government had pressed for the use of technology “in a best possible manner for the celebration befitting the occasion,” also directing to avoid large gatherings and congregation of people in large numbers, HT reported. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir Police band performs during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on August 13. In an Independence Day advisory issued last month, the government had pressed for the use of technology “in a best possible manner for the celebration befitting the occasion,” also directing to avoid large gatherings and congregation of people in large numbers, HT reported. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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A SSB personnel adjusts the headgear of his colleague during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, on August 13. (A P Dube / HT Photo)

A SSB personnel adjusts the headgear of his colleague during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, on August 13. (A P Dube / HT Photo)

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Tamil Nadu Police contingent during a full dress rehearsals for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at State Headquarters in Chennai, on August 13. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

Tamil Nadu Police contingent during a full dress rehearsals for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at State Headquarters in Chennai, on August 13. (R Senthil Kumar / PTI)

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A police personnel wearing a face mask adjusts his headgear during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata, on August 14. “Performance of Police/Military bands may be recorded at places of historic importance associated with the Independence movement; and recorded versions thereof may be displayed through large screens/digital media, during public functions and on social media,” the government advisory said. (ANI)

A police personnel wearing a face mask adjusts his headgear during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata, on August 14. “Performance of Police/Military bands may be recorded at places of historic importance associated with the Independence movement; and recorded versions thereof may be displayed through large screens/digital media, during public functions and on social media,” the government advisory said. (ANI)

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Punjab police personnel wearing face masks seen during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar, on August 14. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

Punjab police personnel wearing face masks seen during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Guru Nanak Stadium in Amritsar, on August 14. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

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Indian Tri-Service contingents during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 13. This year’s Independence Day celebrations in Delhi’s Red Fort will include the presentation of a Guard of Honour by the Armed Forces and the Delhi Police to the Prime Minister. (PTI)

Indian Tri-Service contingents during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi, on August 13. This year’s Independence Day celebrations in Delhi’s Red Fort will include the presentation of a Guard of Honour by the Armed Forces and the Delhi Police to the Prime Minister. (PTI)

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Balloons are released at Red Fort during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delh, on August 13. The National Flag hoisting will be accompanied by the playing of the National Anthem and firing of 21-gun salute. The Prime Minister’s speech shall be followed by the singing of the National Anthem and the release of tricoloured balloons towards the end. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

Balloons are released at Red Fort during a full dress rehearsal for the 74th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delh, on August 13. The National Flag hoisting will be accompanied by the playing of the National Anthem and firing of 21-gun salute. The Prime Minister’s speech shall be followed by the singing of the National Anthem and the release of tricoloured balloons towards the end. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

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