23 October, 2014 / 27 Zilhaj, 1435

Karachi's original street art

Bus art has been very much in vogue in this port city and the owners of buses spend hundreds of thousand of rupees to beautify the exterior and interior of the buses with glittering and colorful metallic and plastic sheets.

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A Pakistani artisan works on a design on the interior of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan works on a design on the interior of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
An artisan meticulously works step by step on the interior design of bus in Karachi.
An artisan meticulously works step by step on the interior design of bus in Karachi.
A labourer works on the exterior of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A labourer works on the exterior of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani labourer works on the body of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani labourer works on the body of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A labourer decorates the interior of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A labourer decorates the interior of a passenger mini bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan carves a decorative design onto a thin metal sheet to be put together and fixed on the body of a mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan carves a decorative design onto a thin metal sheet to be put together and fixed on the body of a mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan creates a design by working on a thin metal sheet, which will be put together and fixed onto the body of a mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan creates a design by working on a thin metal sheet, which will be put together and fixed onto the body of a mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan carves a decorative design on a thin metal sheet to be put together and fixed on the body of a mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A Pakistani artisan carves a decorative design on a thin metal sheet to be put together and fixed on the body of a mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A cleaner dusts a deccorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A cleaner dusts a deccorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
Pakistani passengers travel on a decorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
Pakistani passengers travel on a decorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A passenger travels in a decorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A passenger travels in a decorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A cleaner dusts a deccorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.
A cleaner dusts a deccorated mini passenger bus in Karachi.

Comments (5) (Closed)


Sonal
Sep 20, 2013 06:27pm

Beautiful!!!

Agha Ata
Sep 20, 2013 07:01pm

I have been in the USA for many many years, but I can say that Karachi's original art is not complete without a poetic verse (Couplet, a sher) The last sher I remember on WATER TANK was: Na kysi se dosti karna , na kysi se pyar karna, mey ibhi pani bhar ke aya, mera intizar karna)

Kamal Gupta
Sep 21, 2013 05:39am

We used to see a little bit of this art (much smaller, and usually only on the exterior) in privately owned city buses in Calcutta. Most of these bus operators and owners had come in from west Punjab after partition. But this has faded away. I guess the artists remained in Pakistan, and there was no one to carry it forward.

Sami
Sep 21, 2013 06:32am

Why you people disgrace the name of ART by putting such rubbish primitive uncivilized patterns used by the men of mountains tn their ancient times. These cave men brought old broken buses on the streets of karachi. In order to hide the ugliness of their village buses they painted it with hot paints , using the patterns they were accustomed with because these colors were used to paint their houses, haphazardly. You people started talking of Truck Painting by giving it a new name so that the roads of the city could be further made a subject of redicule. The tourists usually laugh at it. I never saw any tourist who would like to travel in these ugly painted buses. It is not Karachi's art but of the uncivilised people. Our media is calling it an art whereas it has nothing to do with art. Unfortunately, our media is full of illiterate and hollow people who know nothing about art.

Sami
Sep 21, 2013 08:29am

It is cave-man's wild painting done at the opening of the cave.for recognition.