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Rickshaw Art of Bangladesh | Photo: Maciej Dakowicz

Rickshaw Art of Bangladesh | Photo: Maciej Dakowicz

Street art as a genre has a number of enthusiastic artists and patrons. However, Rickshaw Art, which is yet another popular art form that finds its expression on the streets, is not that well known. This unique form of art is what could be called “peoples’ art” and it combines within itself a number of elements including folklore, movie, political and commercial imagery and techniques.
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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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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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