Celebrating Dhaka's Iconic Rickshaws and Mesmerizing Rickshaw Painting

12/11/20232 min read

Exciting News! Dhaka's iconic Rickshaws and mesmerizing Rickshaw Painting have earned a prestigious spot on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage!

Join us in celebrating this milestone at Dhaka 25k 2024 - Run To Save Dhaka's Heritage. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Bangladesh as we proudly mark our 5th inscription on the List. 🇧🇩

Experience the charm of 'Dhakar Rickshaw' or 'Rickshaw chitra' – an extraordinary blend of human-propelled transport and exceptional decorative art. Each stroke on these three-wheeled wonders tells a story of tradition and craftsmanship, making it an inseparable part of Dhaka's identity.

For centuries, the rickshaw has been an integral mode of transportation in Dhaka, serving as a reliable means of getting around the bustling city streets. However, it is not just its functionality that sets the Dhakar Rickshaw apart; it is the stunning artwork adorning its exterior that truly captivates the eye.

Rickshaw painting, also known as 'Rickshaw chitra,' is a unique form of art that combines intricate designs, vibrant colors, and imaginative storytelling. Each rickshaw is a canvas for the artists to showcase their creativity and skill, resulting in a mesmerizing display of visual storytelling.

The art of Rickshaw painting has been passed down through generations, with master painters honing their craft and preserving the traditional techniques that make these rickshaws so distinct. The artists meticulously hand-paint every detail, from floral motifs and geometric patterns to depictions of historical events and cultural symbols.

These vibrant rickshaws not only add a splash of color to the city streets but also serve as a reflection of Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage. The intricate designs and symbols on each rickshaw represent the diverse traditions and beliefs of the people, creating a visual tapestry that celebrates the country's identity.

Being recognized by UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage is a significant achievement for Dhaka's rickshaws and the art of Rickshaw painting. It highlights the cultural value and importance of preserving this unique form of artistic expression.

To commemorate this achievement, Dhaka 25k 2024 - Run To Save Dhaka's Heritage is organizing a special event that allows participants to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Bangladesh. The event will showcase the beauty of Dhaka's rickshaws and the artistry behind Rickshaw painting, providing a platform to raise awareness and support for the preservation of this intangible cultural heritage.

Join us in celebrating the legacy of Dhaka's iconic rickshaws and the mesmerizing art of Rickshaw painting. Let us come together to appreciate the craftsmanship, history, and cultural significance of these unique creations that have become an inseparable part of Dhaka's identity.