Akbar and Dyslexia


The above is a link to an article written in 2008 in Housecall Magazine by Dr Asok Kumar Das.

Most of us might be aware that one of the greatest emperors of the Mughal dynasty, Akbar, could not read or write. He maintained an elaborate taswirkhana or atelier where painters were commissioned to illustrate important literary works for him to understand. He even got the great Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata illustrated, page by page, incident by incident, into Persian manuscripts.

It has only recently come to light that Emperor Akbar was dyslexic, something that depresses people with dyslexia, their parents and people around them. But nothing deterred Akbar, he surpassed all possible difficulties and problems and very efficiently. ruled the Indian subcontinent.

This article tells the story of how art historians, like Dr Das, have arrived at this conclusion through the life of Akbar, as illustrated in the paintings of his time.


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  1. What an article by Dr. Das! Reads like a novel, history unraveling in brilliant visuals in my mind’s eye as I am reading through. Need more stories like this!
    Dyslexia remains a much misunderstood concept for us, often equated with other genetic conditions and treated more as a disability than anything else. That it is not a limiting condition for someone gets underlined in your beautiful post and Dr. Das’s wonderfully illuminating article about the Great Akbar, which I am reading again after a long time, and appreciating even more as I do so.

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    1. Thanks Priyam, your nice compliments will be conveyed to the author of the article, Dr Das. It’s good to know that this article helps in illuminating some of our misconstrued ideas of the actual challenges people face!


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