Mumbai?s gastronomic culture displays a wide range of food items for the enthusiasts. Starting from spicy Pav Bhaaji to healthy Misal Pav, Mumbai is well-known for its tasty and delicious dishes. The Juhu Chowpatti is famous for its Pav Bhajji, a buttery spicy potato dish served with butter tossed buns. Other popular street food of the Mumbai is Panipuri, Sev Puri, Kebabs and fish fries. Besides that, vegetable frankie, Mumbai?s take on wraps or rolls. While taking about food and culture, one cannot ignore the phenomenal Dabbahwala?s of Mumbai. They are special food delivery services, who pick their clientele?s lunch box from their homes and drop them at their office during lunch hours. There service is very cheap, they are punctual and they never lose or misplace the lunch box. These iconic lunch box delivery service is unique and very important for the citizens of Mumbai.
Mumbai is a pan Indian city, where festivals from different parts of the country are celebrated with same enthusiasm. One of the major festivals of celebrated in Mumbai is Ganesh Chathurti, followed by Diwali. During Ganesh Chathurti, the entire city welcomes Lord Ganesha into their homes. On the occasion, more than 6,000 marquees, or ?Pandals? as locals call them, in different sizes are erected all over the city. People gather around these temples to see the decorations and pay their respect to the god. Lal Baagh Cha Raaja is one of the most popular Ganesh Pandaal of Mumbai. Some of the other popular festivals celebrated in the city are Eid, Holi, Christmas, Dusshera and Mahashiva Ratri.
For understanding the history of human civilization one should look at its clothing and textiles. The mastery of the society over weaving and creating clothes showcases their grips over technology and science. Maharashtra, located close to the cotton belt of India, has strong textile history and a vast variation in dressing materials. Mumbai, being an important city of the state, has received the best of it. The traditional dressing material worn by the commoners were worn by the cotton, whereas rich worn heavily embroidered silk dresses. Still many men and women in rural and urban areas wear traditional dresses. Men mostly wear dhoti, and distinct turban called pheta. Women wear traditional nine yards sari called Nauwari Sari or Lugda, and a blouse called choli. However, with time modern and contemporary dresses have made their mark in the youth of the city. One can find them sporting dresses from latest catalogue designs of international designers. Youngsters can be seen sporting T-shirts, shirts, dresses and pants in daily wear. Women are also seen wearing traditional Indian dresses like Salwar Kamez or traditional Indian dresses too. During festivals and family functions, most prefer wearing ethnic and dresses.
Music is always an important part of any culture and society. It binds people, helps in narrating emotions and is the mirror of the community. In Mumbai, music plays an important role in narrating the lives of people of the city. One can find the Koli fishermen community singing traditional Koli songs, which originated in the city. The music reflected their emotions and fear of sea, in a very beautiful manner. Since the arrival of the Portuguese in late 16th century, Mumbai has seen arrival of different migrants who brought their own culture and traditions with themselves. Along with them came their music, which enriched the music circuit of the city. One of the prime examples of this creative union of migrant music can be seen in the Bollywood music of Mumbai. The usage of different styles of singing, instruments and beats have made the music of Mumbai more attractive. People of Mumbai also follow Western classical music. The two orchestras, The Bombay Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of India, originated here and regularly perform shows at well-known music halls. The city and its neighboring suburbs is also popular for its Rock and Metal music following. The city hosts two rock music festivals, which is attended by rock music fans from different parts of the country.
Mumbai?s culture is eponymous with film. The city is the main center of India?s entertainment industry. The city has seen the birth of Indian cinema in 1896. Yearly, more than a thousand movies in different Indian languages are shot and released here. Some of the popular film studios of Mumbai are Film City, R. K. Studios, Flimistan, Filmalaya and Rajkamal Studio. People still flock into several movies theatres to watch movies at movie theaters. Some of the iconic movie theatres of Mumbai are New Empire Cinema, New Excelsior and Plaza.
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