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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and the seventh largest urban agglomeration in India. It is located on the banks of the River Sabarmati. The city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district. It has a population of almost 51 lakhs and was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970. The capital was then shifted to Gandhinagar thereafter. Ahmedabad is divided by the Sabarmati into two physically distinct eastern and western regions.
 
Ahmedabad is the largest inland industrial centre in western India, and has historically enjoyed a reputation as an important base of commerce, trade and industry. Ahmedabad is the largest inland industrial centre in western India, and has historically enjoyed a reputation as an important base of commerce, trade and industry. Cricket is the most popular sport in the city. Ahmedabad is one of the six operating divisions of the Western Railway.
 
There is a sizeable population of Punjabis, Marathis, Tamils, Sindhis, Malayalis and Marwaris, who bring their native language and culture to the city. There is Gujarati cultural activities. Celebrations and observances include Uttarayan, an annual kite-flying day. The nine nights of Navaratri are celebrated with people performing Garba, Deepavali, Christmas and Muharram. The artisans of Rangeela pol are famous for making bandhinis, while the cobbler shops of Madhupura sell traditional mojri footwear. The shops at the Law Garden are famous for their mirror work handicraft. Since 2000, the city has been transformed through the construction of skyscrapers, shopping malls and multiplexes. Three main literary institutions were established in Ahmedabad for the promotion of Gujarati literature.
 
The Sanskar Kendra, one of the many buildings in Ahmedabad designed by the Le Corbusier is a city museum depicting history, art, culture and architecture of Ahmedabad. The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya and the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial have a permanent display of photographs, documents and other articles of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, respectively. The Calico Museum of Textiles has a large collection of Indian and international fabrics, garments and textiles.
 
Ahmedabad maintains a strong popular literary tradition in large public libraries maintained by the literary societies, research and government institutions and colleges. A rising centre of education, information technology and scientific industries, Ahmedabad remains the cultural and commercial heart of Gujarat, and much of western India.

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