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Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port.Though home to major cricketing venues and franchises, Kolkata differs from other Indian cities by giving importance to association football and other sports.) [ˈkɔlikat̪a], the name of one of three villages that predated the arrival of the British, in the area where the city eventually was to be established; the other two villages were Sutanuti and Govindapur.
In 1793, ruling power of the Nawabs were abolished and East India company took complete control of the city and the province.
In the 19th century, the Bengal Renaissance brought about an increased sociocultural sophistication among city denizens.
In 1883, Calcutta was host to the first national conference of the Indian National Association, the first avowed nationalist organisation in India.
Kolkata's recorded history began in 1690 with the arrival of the English East India Company, which was consolidating its trade business in Bengal.
Job Charnock, an administrator who worked for the company, was formerly credited as the founder of the city; The area occupied by the present-day city encompassed three villages: Kalikata, Gobindapur, and Sutanuti.
During the 1960s and 1970s, severe power shortages, strikes, and a violent Marxist–Maoist movement by groups known as the Naxalites damaged much of the city's infrastructure, resulting in economic stagnation.