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Cartoon on a wall during General Elections in India

Cartoon on a wall during General Elections in India

The election of the largest democracy of the world is famous for many reasons – one of the reasons is the election graffiti. The artists often consider these wall paintings during lections to be a creative expression. It is obvious that this art form gains its maximum prominence during the time of election. However, propagating through graffiti has been banned by the Election Commission of India.

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Ganga Jamna released in 1961 and Kabhie Kabhie released in 1967 | Photo: aesthunter

Ganga Jamna released in 1961 and Kabhie Kabhie released in 1967 | Photo: aesthunter

One of the most interesting art forms, hand-painting of movie posters and billboards is losing its presence in India. Previously this used to be the living of many Indian artists, in fact the famous painter M.F. Hussain earned a living in the earlier part of his career through this. But with time, as technology making its mark everywhere, this art form is in its dying phase.

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Ellora Caves, India | Photo: Oceansurf

Ellora Caves, India | Photo: Oceansurf

Together with rich history, culture and heritage, the Indian sub-continent is boastful of her oldest and finest sculptures. India owes her first sculptures to the Indus Valley Civilization (200 -2500 BC). The sculptures of this civilization mainly bases on stone, terra cotta and bronze. However, India’s earliest prehistoric sculptures are found in stone, clay, ivory, copper and gold. From the Indus Valley Civilization to the various rulers who ruled India, sculptures depict a history of their own.

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Art with Tiffin Boxes | Photo: Humayunn N A Peerzaada

Art with Tiffin Boxes | Photo: Humayunn N A Peerzaada

‘Kala Ghoda’ refers to a black horse in a statue of King Edward VIII mounted on it. The statue is long gone and the erstwhile Esplanade Road, Bombay is now Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai.

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Prehistoric rock art at Bhim Betka Caves | Photo: Abhijeet Dutta

Prehistoric rock art at Bhim Betka Caves | Photo: Abhijeet Dutta

An archaeological site and a World Heritage Site, the Bhimbetka rock shelters provide an exhibition of the earliest art of human life. The heritage site boasts Stone Age rock paintings, which are nearly 9000 years old. The name Bhim betka is derived from the mythological association of the place with Bhima, one of the Pandavas.

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The Highway Princess | Photo: spearhawk

The Highway Princess | Photo: spearhawk

Truck drivers in Pakistan treat their trucks like true princesses. They may not get the same treatment from the under-maintained roads but decorated with a riot of colors, the trucks reflect a striking aspect of landscape and colorful society of Pakistan. Countries like Afghanistan, Indonesia and other countries in Central and South America may follow the same trend but the prevalence of the practice makes it unique in Pakistan. Moreover, you would be surprised to know that the decoration costs of trucks may reach as much as US$ 4000 or more without any direct economic benefit in return.

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