Since olden days, West Bengal has contributed a lot in the field of art and culture. The state has given birth to several modern movements in literature, painting, sculpture, national politics, theatre and cinemas as well as science and technology. Kolkata, the state capital and also one of the four major cities of India, is regarded as the cultural capital of India. The city has a played a prominent role in the fields of literature, art, theatre and films. Dance and music are essential parts of Bengali people. Folk music forms of Bengal are also famous, the Baul tradition is a unique heritage of the state’s folk music. Other folk music forms are Gombhira and Bhawaiya. West Bengal is renowned for its excellent arts and crafts. Some of popular handicraft items are hand-woven silk sarees and items made from clay, shoal and conch.