Malad is an area situated in North Mumbai. Malad has a railway station on the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, lying between Kandivali station toward the north and Goregaon station toward the south. The rail tracks of the Western Line separate Malad into Malad(West) and Malad(East).
Until the mid-twentieth Century, Malad was a meagerly populated territory with mangroves. Since the late twentieth Century, Malad has turned into an alluring local location for office white-collar class people from various places. There are also some small Industrial areas mainly in Malad West.
Starting in the 2000s, Malad saw steady growth and development of business offices, large building complexes in fact many small screen actors started making Malad their home. Today, Malad is called “Mumbai’s quickest developing region”.
History of Malad:
In the nineteenth century, Malad comprised of various towns including Orlem (otherwise called Valnai), Kharodi, Rathodi, Malwani, Marve, Aksa, Madh, and Chincholi.
The other old settlements in Malad were towns involved by the neighborhood East Indian Community, Bhandaris, Kolis, People who are perceived as the first local inhabitants of Mumbai.
The name Malwani is used to explain the stretch between BMC Colony Gate No. 1 and Gate No. 8 and further extending to MHADA Colony.
In any case, the chronicled Malwani town is comprised just of the zone which is presently BMC Colony. Malwani is likewise the site of St. Anthony’s Church which is, even more, older than the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Orlem.
The regions around the Malwani used to be mangroves, salt-pans, and agriculture grounds having a place with the nearby east-Indians of Kharodi Village. This area continued to be populated over years. Numerous families like the Kolis, Vaitys, Bhandari’s, and the Kenis are old residents.
In 1934, Bombay Talkies, the first motion picture company to be established in India, was set up in Malad by Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani.
Initially, a great part of the land toward the west of the railway tracks was claimed by East Indian families and was utilized fundamentally for farming. In the 1970s a large number of them sold their territories to real estate builders.
This place is now popularly known as the samovar bazaar (Monday). Madh, Aksa, Marve are famous beaches which is popular spot for film shooting.
Malad is also famous for fishermen especially those living on the Manori, Goria island.
In 1934, Bombay Talkies, the first movie company to be innovated in India, was established in Malad by Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani. In 1955, St. Joseph’s School was established by Ms. Bertha Pereira. Firstly, much of the land in the west was possessed by East Indian Catholic families and was used primarily for husbandry.
Malad East also possesses quite a few old running schools such as Mahindra Academy, Fatimadevi, Children’s Academy, Nutan Vidyalay, Utkarsh Mandir, Velani Vidyalaya High School, St. Francis English Medium High School, Mangesh Vidhya Mandir, Adarsh Vidya Mandir High School both English and Hindi, High Sanskar Vidyalaya. Fatimadevi English School, established in 1953, is one of the oldest educational establishments in the Malad suburb of Mumbai.
Malad is quickly becoming an IT Center with several BPOs opening their offices. There are at least 7 malls and the biggest of them is Infinity Mall. There is a unique holy relic of Mother Mary that is on exhibit at St Peter’s Jacobite Church, also called the Soonoro Church at Mith Chowky close to Orlem.
Beaches in Malad:
Some images of important places in Malad
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