Travel > Travel By Region > MASHHAD ARDHAL: ETERNAL HOME OF SOHRAB SEPEHRI BY MILAD MOLAVI
35 km far from Kashan, on the border of Iran's central desert, in a village called 'Mashad Ardhal', Sohrab Sepehri, the great Iranian contemporary poet and painter is resting forever. He grieves of loneliness. It is written on his tombstone:
If you come to visit me
Come very slowly and soft
Lest my loneliness pane cracks
Sohrab Sepehri was born in Kashan Iran. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tehran University. He worked in several government agencies while on the side pursuing his personal interest in poetry and painting. He also traveled on numerous occasions to Europe, and Africa.
Finally he resigned from his governmental position and focused on poetry and painting. He moved and lived in USA for one year, and about two years in Paris. He hosted several art exhibitions in Tehran, Shiraz, New York, Paris, London, Switzerland, and Brazil.
He was seriously influenced by Molana Rummi and Buddha. In all his paintings and poems he invites the people to 'Love', to embrace 'Simplicity' and to have fresh outlook to life:
Let's wash our eyes;
Let's see in another way;
Let's go under the rain,
We should see our friends; under the rain,
We should look for love
Let us steal life and divide it between two wonders.
Let us see everything in the yonder.
During his time, he painted numerous paintings applying a soft and gentle style which can also be found in his poems. Here are some of his famous book titles of poetry:
- The De
ath of Colors
- The Life of Dreams
- Downpour of Sunshine
- East of Sorrow
- Water's Footsteps
- Green Space
- We Nothing But Look
At the end of this life, Sohrab Sepehri was diagnosed with cancer and moved to England for treatment. His attempts to defeat cancer brought him no result. The man talking of love, timelessness and placelessness could not conquer the disease. He closed his eyes for the last time in Tehran and now he rests in his birth place, Mashad Ardhal, Kashan
I was there on 07/13/06, and witnessed many people who had also came to pay their respects to Sepehri. I took these pictures to share my feelings with you. Some of his painting are also attached.
For more on Sohrab Sepehri, please visit his website at www.sohrabsepehri.com.