The land of milk, fruits, temples, wrestlers and warriors, Sangli district is among the most advanced in India. It is the birthplace of modern Marathi theatre, especially the musicals. Asia’s largest cooperative sugar factory established by Maharashtra’s undisputed leader Vasant Dada Patil is a social and political magnet. Battis-Shirala is famous around the world for Nagpanchmi celebrations when thousands of cobras are worshipped freely by people. Pomegranates and grapes produced in this district have invaded foreign markets, especially in the West. Progressive steps taken for adopting the latest technology by this district for modernising agricultural and farm research are remarkable. Wine production will soon begin on a largescale, adding to India’s foreign exchange earnings. Miraj, another major town of the district, is famous for manufacturing winged musical instruments.