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Before you hate Kaala know interesting facts about Dharavi

Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kaala movie recently released and the movie which deals with Dharavi. Even though director came up with balanced script and still director struggled to balance mass elements with Rajini. Before we criticise about the Kaala people should know about Dharavi because the same issue happened with Kabali movie where the movie dealed with Malaysia Tamil people.
Dharavi is a locality of Mumbai where India’s largest slum is situated. Dharavi is also regarded as the third largest slum of world after the slums of Mexico’s Neza-Chalco-Itza and Karachi’s Orangi. Though some people believe that, there are larger slums in Mumbai than the Dharavi.

  • Dharavi was founded in 1882 at the time of British Raj. During the 18th century unplanned localities started to grow when the urbanization of Mumbai was going on. As a result Mumbai became vulnerable to the epidemics. After the bubonic plague spread in Mumbai, British government transferred some polluting industries and some Indian localities to the place where dharavi is located. Gradually, the locality spread and the slum was born.
  • It is spread over an area of 535 acres. It lies between the two railway lines, the western and central railway. It is surrounded by Mahim, Bandra in west, Mithi river in north, Sion in south, and Matunga in east.
  • Dharavi is highly populated. Exact population of dharavi is unknown. It is estimated that about a million people lives there. That is about 600-2000 people per acre.
  • 60 percent of the population is hindu, 33 percent of the population is muslim and 6 percent of the population is Christian. The first mosque of dharavi -‘The Badi Masgid’ was started in 1887. The oldest temple was founded in 1913. The first school in dharavi started in 1924.
  • Dharavi is the home of about 5000 businesses and 15,000 single room factories. Total annual turnover of dharavi is about $650 million to $1 billion.

Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Dharavi

In the 18th century, Dharavi was an island

A couple of 13-14 year old Dharavi girls have created android apps

After learning how to use a computer, they learnt how to make android applications, and created the logo using MS Paint. They have an app that sends notifications to a registered user about when it is their turn to fetch water from the neighbourhood communal tap, a women’s security app with a distress call feature that lets out a scream when the screen is tapped, and a primary school lesson app in which there are three screens – one that displays the English alphabet, one that displays the Hindi one, and another that has a Math sum.

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The recycling units of Dharavi generate revenue by turning around the discarded waste of not only Mumbai’s 21 million citizens, but from all around the country and abroad as well

They have a hip-hop crew called the SlumGods who have collaborated with international hip-hop artists

Akash Dhangar, the founder of the SlumGods, quotes the rapper KRS-One: “He said you can’t learn hip-hop. You have to become hip-hop.” Over the past five years, the crew has collaborated with renowned hip-hop artists such as Tokyo-based DJ Sarasa, AKA Silverboombox, dancer-choreographer Prosenjit Guy Kundu, and the California-based MC Mandeep Sethi.

They have a contemporary art festival

Dharavi has a 3-week art festival organised by the NGO Sneha, called the ‘Alley Galli Biennale’ that showcases artwork made by local residents and artists.

There are a few guided tours through Dharavi, showing the industrial and the residential part of Dharavi

If you think that they do not contribute to the economy. Dharavi has a large number of thriving small-scale industries that produce embroidered garments, export quality leather goods, pottery and plastic

There are 20,000 mini-factories in Dharavi. Most of these products are made in tiny manufacturing units spread across the slum and are sold in domestic as well as international markets.

As of 2015, over 200 small and medium entrepreneurs from the bustling slum are now a part of a major e-commerce website, which is one of India’s large online retail marketplaces

The exclusive Dharavi store will sell luggage, shoes, accessories, pottery, apparel and jewellery made in the slum.

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 $665 million