Bhendi Bazaar's history is inextricably linked with that of this dynamic city
The anecdote of Bhendi Bazaar is one of the many stories that contribute to making the epic saga of Mumbai becoming the economic capital of India. Originally Bhendi Bazaar formed part of the inner-city areas developed to cater to the housing needs of manpower aiding trade and commerce activities in the harbour of Old Bombay, as Mumbai was known then. Proximity to the then elite market place 'Crawford Market' gave better business prospects for the area.
The colloquial pronunciation of Behind the Bazaar (Crawford Market) became Bhendi Bazaar. Businessmen from various communities like Dawoodi Bohra, Memons, Gujaratis, Sindhis, Parsis, Katchis, etc, seeing an opportunity owing to its strategic location, moved into Bhendi bazaar selling things as diverse as hardware and foam, to clothing and antique items. People from across the city visited the famous Chor Bazaar to score precious items.
Bhendi Bazaar was developed in the 'Chawl' or dormitory fashion. They were designed to house single men who had moved to the city for earning a livelihood. Slowly entire families moved into these Chawls. Forced closeness resulted in a distinct community culture that has organically developed over morning queues outside the toilets and shared evening tea.
Bhendi Bazaar is the only area where a distinct Gharana of Indian Classical Music developed in the late 1890's.