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Today, with an estimated city population of 18.4 million and metropolitan area population of 20.7 million as of 2011, Mumbai, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, most populous metropolitan area in India, and the eighth most populous agglomeration in the world.
Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2009, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India and has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India.
Bombay in the 19th century was characterized by economic and educational development. During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement. Upon India's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into Bombay State. In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as the capital. The city was renamed Mumbai in 1996.
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Jonas Burgert - is an artist based in Berlin. Burgert works in antithesis to the concept of reductionism that is so commonly employed in contemporary art, choosing instead to re-assert an excess of what he terms “painterly means”. His paintings are vibrant, colourful, brimming over with symbols, iconography, and a wealth of detail.
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Aptly called "The London of the East" by the British and "A Ilha de Boa Vida" or "The Island of Good Life" by the Portuguese, the once seven islands of Bombay have seen itself grow from hamlets scattered across dispersed islands to a bustling metropolis on a joined peninsula.
Mumbai's history can be traced back to the Stone Age and has witnessed the arrival and contributions of many an Indian Empire including Satavahanas,Western Kshatrapas, Abhiras, Vakatakas, Kalachuris, Konkan Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, before being ruled by the Silhara dynastyfrom 810 to 1260. The Kanheri Caves in Borivali were excavated in the mid-third century BCE, and served as an important centre of Buddhism in Western India during ancient Times.
In fact, The city of Mumbai was known as Heptanesia (Ancient Greek: A Cluster of Seven Islands) to the Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150 CE who drew the city's first map based on accounts of the sailors as he sat in Alexandria, Egypt.
Discovered in 1508 by the Portuguese Explorer Dom Francisco de Almeida, the islands were handed over to the British with the marriage of Catherine of Bragança of Portugal with Charles II of England, which is considered to be the oldest surviving International Alliance in the World.