Education About Asia

Transport of Delight: The Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh

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Aricksha, often called a cycle ricksha, is a three-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle widely used to transport people
and goods from place to place in many countries of monsoon Asia. It is the most popular and common transport vehicle in Bangladesh—both in urban and rural areas. Rickshas have collapsible, colorfully decorated plastic ‘baby-buggy’  hoods that provide relief to passengers from sun and rain as they ride behind the driver. Rickshas typically carry two passengers but may carry up to three or four. Everywhere on the rickshas one can see elaborate paintings, which is the topic of this CD-ROM, Transports of Delight: the Ricksha Arts of Bangladesh. The author was attracted to this form of folk art more than twenty years ago and since then has been cataloging the styles and motifs of ricksha art in Bangladesh.

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