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The saga of Girangaon, Mumbai, the play traces the growth of the modern city through its various phases of development from an industrial centre based on a township of cotton textile mills. An effervescent community spawning a popular culture still evident in the modern metropolis, life revolved around work in the cotton mills, living in crowded chawls crammed full of workers from impoverished villages. The density, chaos and oppressive nature of this living enticed workers to the freedom of the streets. This in turn created a vibrant and virulent culture, in spite of poor wages and working conditions, still evident and reflected in the artistic renaissance of the 40s and 50s. Modernisation and the attendant struggles for workers of Girangaon set up the present battleground for the city’s future, mills replaced by malls, and chimneys by glass towers, the old laying siege to the new. This is a celebration of Mumbai!