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Kolkota is a city for those who love the arts. It bosasts many art performances as well as numerous museums. Kolkota is a vibrant city on the move, volatile and unpredictable. The Gateway to India, till 1912, and the capital of the Raj in India, it still bears the Victorian imprint on its streets and structures. Kolkota is home to more than 10 million people. It boasts major industrial plants, textile mills and corporate units.
Regal edifices, grubby alleys, bustling bazaars, elegant hotels, people from all walks of life - Kolkota has it all. Forming the green heart of the city is agreat stretch of lawns called the Maidan, fringed on one side by the river, and on the other by an elegant boulevard, the Chowringhee. The Maidan is the venue for an assortment of events, ranging from football matches to political rallies. The grounds are also aptly, referred to as the 'lungs of the city.' Surrounding the lawns are a number of famous landmarks.
At the southern end is the Victoria Memorial, an imposing white marble edifice, a museum housing the relics of the British Empire. At the northern end is the Ochterlony Monument, a 48 metre high column, now known as the Shahid Minar. Just adjacent to it, are the Eden Gardens, with a picturesque lake and a quaint Burmese pagoda. The Birla Planetarium, one of the largest in the world, is placed at the southern end of the vast Maidan, along with the Zoological Gardens. The Indian Museum, one of the largest of its kind in India, is located in Chowringhee. The Academy of Fine Arts, Nehru Childrens Museum, Netaji Museum, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Rabindra Bharati Museum and the Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art are some of the museums that contain invaluable and rare objects d' art. .
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