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The Hooghly River with Vidyasagar Setu in background.

Kolkata /klˈkɑːtə/ ([kolkata] (About this sound listen), also known as Calcutta /kælˈkʌtə/, the official name until 2001) is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. The city is widely regarded as the "cultural capital" of India, and is also nicknamed the "City of Joy". In 2011, the city had a population of 4.5 million, while the population of the city and its suburbs was 14.1 million, making it the third-most populous metropolitan area in India. Recent estimates of Kolkata Metropolitan Area's economy have ranged from $60 to $150 billion (GDP adjusted for purchasing power parity) making it third most-productive metropolitan area in India, after Mumbai and Delhi.

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The University of Calcutta [কলিকাতা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়], founded on 24 January, 1857 at the time of Lord Canning as the Governor-General of India, is the first multidisciplinary modern university in South East Asia. It is one of the prestigious university ever built in India. The renaissance in the nineteenth century Bengal was largely influenced by the educational reform initiated by this university. Innumerable great personalities of Bengal as well as India were directly or indirectly linked to this university. The University Grants Commission declared it as a "Centre with Potential for Excellence." Though its affiliations to different colleges has been greatly reduced nowadays by introducing of several other universities in the state, it still remains as one of the glory of Bengal.


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...that tradition has it that Warren Hastings hunted with elephants in the jungle in Chowringhee, now a business district in Kolkata, India?
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