Conference Venue :
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai -400 088
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Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is a modern commercial city and so cosmopolitan in its appearance and habits that the visitor feels at home immediately on arrival. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra State and the gateway to this beguiling sub-continent. The city has a deep natural harbour, which is the largest port in western India. A city of migrants, it forms the world's 4th most populous metropolitan area, with a population exceeding 13 million.
Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, and home to India's film and television industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai is also one of the rare cities to accommodate a national park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, within the city limits.
Present day Mumbai was originally an archipelago of seven islands, its name derived from Mumba - the name of the patron goddess of the Koli fisherfolk, the oldest inhabitants of Bombay and Aai - mother in Marathi. In the 16th century, the Portuguese named the area Bom Bahia (Good Bay). After the British gained possession, it was anglicised to Bombay. The name was officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
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