Beautifully painted and brilliantly decorated, rickshaws are indeed one of the defining features of Dhaka; turning the ‘City of Mosques’ into a ‘city of rickshaws’. Whilst to many elite Bangladeshis, rickshaws are ho-hum, seen as the culprits jamming up the roads and slowing down the traffic when the nation wants to move ahead rapidly, for an outsider the gaudily decorated, glittering tri-cycles are fascinating objects of curiosity.
The book presents an account as well as an informed interpretation of the paintings done by local artists on cycle- and auto-rickshaws of urban Bangladesh, with a socio-cultural background of its artistic traditions. It is a visual feast, containing a selection of colour photographic images of heavily painted rickshaws, artists and the art panels.
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is a Human Geographer with interest in
community livelihoods. She is a prolific writer on academic and
non-academic subjects in both English and Bengali. David Williams
is an internationally known air quality scientist. He is an avid
photographer and an art connoisseur.
50 colour illustrations