Indian States and Capitals Flash Cards - West Bengal

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West Bengal, is a state in the eastern region of India along the Bay of Bengal. it is the fourth-most populous state and the thirteenth-largest state by area in India. Part of the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent, it borders Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also borders the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata, the third-largest metropolis, and seventh largest city by population in India. West Bengal has a very diverse landscape - the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, the Ganges delta, the Rarh region, the Sundarbans and the Bay of Bengal.\

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West Bengal

West Bengal is the fourth-most-populous state in India with a population of 91,347,736.

The literacy rate is 77.08%, higher than the national rate of 74.04%

The state's official languages are Bengali and English, Nepali has additional official status in the three subdivisions of Darjeeling district. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Telugu as an additional official language.

Hindi, Odia, Punjabi, Santali and Urdu are some of the other languages spoken.

Religions - Majority of the population practices Hindusim. There are also a sizeable number of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists in the state

West Bengal  Geography 

The state has a total area of 88,752 square kilometres. The Darjeeling Himalayan hill region in the northern extreme of the state is a part of the eastern Himalayas mountain range.

The main river in west bengal is the Ganga, which divides into two branches. One branch enters bangladesh as the padma while the other flows through west bengal as the bhagirathi river and hooghly river.

The Sunderbans houses the world’s largest mangrove Forest

West Bengal Economy

Majorly, Agriculture-Forestry and Fishery contributes to the economy of West Bengal .

Rice, potato, jute, sugarcane and wheat are the state's top five crops. Tea is produced commercially in northern districts; the region is well known for Darjeeling and other high-quality teas.

Important manufacturing industries include: engineering products, electronics, electrical equipment, cables, steel, leather, textiles, jewellery, frigates, automobiles, railway coaches and wagons.

West Bengal produces several varieties of cotton and silk saris in the country. Handlooms are a popular way for the state's rural population to earn a living through weaving.

West Bengal  Food

Rice and fish are traditional favourite foods. West Bengal's vast repertoire of fish-based dishes includes hilsa preparations, a favourite among Bengalis. There are numerous ways of cooking fish depending on its texture, size, fat content and bones. 

Sweets occupy an important place in the diet of Bengalis and at their social ceremonies. Roshogolla, Chomchôm, Kalojam and several kinds of sondesh.

Cultural West Bengal

The Bengali language boasts a rich literary heritage it shares with neighbouring Bangladesh. West Bengal has a long tradition of folk literature.

Like other states in northern India, West Bengal also has a heritage in North Indian classical music. Rabindrasangeet, songs composed and set to words by Rabindranath Tagore, and Nazrul geeti (by Kazi Nazrul Islam) are popular. A notable music tradition is the Baul music, practised by the Bauls, a sect of mystic minstrels. Other folk music forms include Gombhira and Bhawaiya. Folk music in West Bengal is often accompanied by the ektara, a one-stringed instrument.

West Bengali films are shot mostly in studios in the Kolkata neighbourhood of Tollygunge; the name "Tollywood" (similar to Hollywood and Bollywood) is derived from that name. The Bengali film industry is well known for its art films.

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She has worked with parents, students, and school leaders on various skill development and leadership programs. She also writes as a freelancer in the area of parenting and child development.  





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