THE ENIGMA OF THE GRAVE OF USTAD KAMALUDDIN BEHZAD
TABRIZ OR HERAT:- DEFINITE PROOFS OF RESEARCH IN HERAT.
There is no doubt that Kamaluddin Behzad remains the iconic greatest Master of Islamic painting. Not many but still a number of books have been written on him. But one cannot say that the ultimate book is there. Locally scholars like Dr Abdullah Chaghatai, Abdur Rahman Chughtai and Razia Feroze have written on him with acute analysis on their part, for both were artists. The only published book is by Dr Abdullah Chaghatai. Chughtais’ book is there in manuscript form, in unedited form. Razia Feroze’s thesis is there, ready for print, but never printed because of her death. Western and Iranian scholars have done their debts in research.
Certain aspects are still open. For instance, we are told that Behzad died in Tabriz, and was buried there. Others have written that he died in Herat and was buried there. Usually, it is agreed that he died in 942 A H (1535 AD). Even in old writings this conflict is there. Then in the magazine “Kabul” Sardar Goya Ittemadi talked about his burial in Herat. Then Munshi Qazi Ahmad uddin Munir asserted same in his book. A photograph of the grave was published in Afghan journals. In 1976 Dr James Dickie (Dr Yaqub Zaki) visited Herat in search for the grave and found it on his own. But others seem to have evaded this rediscovery for reasons unknown. Dr Abdullah Chaghatai was given this information and photographs but did not use it fully for reasons of his own. It is our pleasure to give the published pictures of the grave. Behzad’s soul can rest in peace now!