The Tomb of Rudaki
|Abu Abdulloh Rudaki is the founder of classic Tajik poetry, lived in the late 9th - early 10th centuries during the Samanid dynasty. He wrote his famous odes and poems in Dari, the classical Persian language. A talented singer and musician Rudaki was invited by Nasr II bin Ahmad Somoni (914-943) to Bukhara, where he spent most of his life until 937 when he lost his patronage.|
Apart from his own poetical works, Rudaki also made an important contribution to literature by translating the Indian cycle of didactic short stories "Kalila and Dim-na" from Arabic into Dari. He spent his last days in poverty and died in 941 in Panjrud – his home village. Much about the poet's life remains unknown, but however during the excavations and was established that Rudaki died being blind.
Another famous Tajik Sadrid-din Aini - the founder of contemporary tajik prose, and the famous Russian sculptor-anthropologist Professor Mikhail Gerasimov cleared out many things concerning Rudaki's life. Aini took a deep research over various historical manuscripts and determined the estimate location of Rudaki's grave while Gerasimov, with a group of respective Tajik scholars, found Rudaki's tomb and after identification it was indeed Rudaki who was buried here, restored the grave and in 1958 built a mausoleum.