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Kolkata, West Bengal, India - Children and their minders in a slum area. Kolkata, formerly called Calcutta, is the capital of India state of West Bengal. Poverty has grown to 60 percent in the metropolitan area, and including the suburbs, has a population exceeding 15 million, making it the third most populous metropolitan area in India and one of the most populous urban areas in the world. Homeless and people who earn less than a dollar per day live in slums in the city.