English Bazar is a city in the Malda district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is popularly known as Malda town and has been nicknamed as the "Mango City." Malda serves as the headquarter of the eponymous district. Old Malda municipality and the, as well as the English Bazar municipality, are under the Malda municipal corporation. This is a rapidly growing city with a population of over 2 lakh people. Malda lies on the western bank of the Mahananda river. It experiences an extremely humid weather. Various colleges and universities are found in and around English Bazar. The University of Gour Banga is the largest educational institution in the area along with several other colleges like Malda College, Malda Polytechnic, Malda Medical College and Hospital, IMPS College of Engineering and Technology, etc. The city has a great connectivity to the state capital as well as to the Northeast via railway and roads. The city is known for its cultivation of mangoes and production of Mango Jelly.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.