Kali Panchwin Battalion marks sestercentennial year in style
‘Pagal Gymkhana’ was held on Saturday and the popular function had a dog show by the special army dog unit.pune Updated: Feb 12, 2018 16:56 IST
The sestercentennial (250-year) celebrations of Kali Panchwin Battalion concluded with vigour and zest on Sunday. ‘Pagal Gymkhana’ was held on Saturday and the popular function had a dog show by the special army dog unit.
A total of five labradors and five German shepherds marched in style with their handlers. The dogs were trained in explosive and mine detection, tracking, assault and guard duty. During the show, the furious canine soldiers identified the officer posing as a terrorist from the crowd and caught him by smelling aggressively. The dogs also performed various drills and tricks on the command of the handlers.
A gymnastics show was also performed by the Bengal Engineers Group. The synchronised formations of the team awestruck one and all. ‘Kalaripayattu’, an ancient martial art form of Kerala, was performed by the soldiers of the Madras Regiment. ‘Kalaripayattu’ means practising the art of battlefield. It is believed that other forms of martial arts evolved from it. The show involved the use of sticks, swords and other weapons for self-defence.
Among all the thrilling performances, a major attraction was the motorcycle show performed by the ‘Dare Devils’ team. The event came alive with the stunts of motorcycle riders. The splendid driving skills of ‘Dare Devils’ (the acrobatics teams) had the audience up on their feet. The riders performed stunts such as salute, ladder, double bar and wheeling on moving motorcycles.
A splendid display of acrobatics and gymnastics was showcased by a team of the Assam Regimental Centre known as ‘Warriors of North East’. The display of various formations and magical tricks by ‘Warriors of North East’ amused the spectators.
The event was a reunion for erstwhile comrades in arms who travelled across the country to be together at the momentous, once-in-a-lifetime occasion. The spirit of bonhomie and espirit-de-corps were on display during the course of the reunion, which was emblematic of the strong ties between officers and men alike.