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Mumbai, (also known as Bombay, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India. Home to many communities of fishing colonies, it also has the largest slum in the world: Dharavi, featured in this reel.

Estimates of Dharavi’s total population vary between 700,000 to about 1 million. Dharavi has an active informal economy in which numerous household enterprises employ many of the slum residents. It exports goods around the world. Leather, textiles and pottery products are among the goods made inside Dharavi by the slum residents. The total annual turnover has been estimated at over US$1 billion.  Despite the poverty and the precarity of their living conditions, it is not unusual to see people celebrating their lives, through music and dances in the back alleys.

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