Horn ok Please: The Indian Trucks are moving art!
Who thought the bulky Trucks could be the art and cultural centres of attention? Fart magazine takes a deeper look into the Truck art of South Asia.
Truck art: Home calling
For a truck driver, road is the Karma bhoomi. A large part of his work day is spent far away from loved ones. Adorned with essence of home in another state, these truck drivers have made their machines into art!
Those who have seen Salman Khan starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” can reminisce the Pakistani buses and trucks decorated tastefully.
When partition separated the nation into two, it couldn’t divide the love for art.
An average truck owner invests around 3500 to 10000 Rupees On his truck. This is a whopping sum for a common man.
The jaw dropping play of colors, cultural symbols, colors, phrases and even their beloved’s eyes: a truck can show you directly into the owner’s emotions. With passage of time, new phrases like: Horn please, wait for side, use Dipper at night, etc. Are becoming the catchphrase of truck art.
A few express their emotions for public viewing: “Kithe ekali beh ke Sochengi, asi ki nahi Kita Tere layi” (You will remember me when I am gone), Jai Jawan (Hail soldier) to pop lyrics.
Thanks to these art enthusiasts, the Indian roads display myriad colors and scenes.
Art competition on road:
These truckers are on a competitive stance to be at top. This makes them to remain at top by creating fresh art.
The beautiful jingle sound created by chains and embellishments made them get a new name: Jingle trucks. Some add Bangles of their wife to keep a constant reminder of their beloved. The traditional string decorations keep their truck and finances safe. (Buri Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala).
While decorating their vehicle, almost all of the truck undergoes a makeover. The traditional orange truck gets a highlight with paints and accessory. Some people go overboard and even decorate every nook and cranny of their vehicle.
The trucks have performed their share of cultural preservation. In movie: Highway, the truck bought the kidnapper close to the protagonist. These trucks have been the backdrop of numerous Punjabi songs as well. This song by singer Mankirat Aulakh spells how the driver’s consider their truck to be their second wife. (Making darling wife jealous of their association with the road).
With religious paintings, calligraphy, drawing, peacock art to psychedelic designs: trucks are going to stay funky and fun.
The Pakistani artists leave the Indian counterparts behind by their incarnite designs on wood. These trucks are added with extra panelling to yield a unique design. This kitsch art form has inspired new fashion trend to be synonymous with the subcontinent.
The truck artists start out young. Either as an apprentice or managing family business. These young artisans lend a favor to the art industry and keep these monotonous vehicles beautiful.
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