Holy Sites of Kazakhstan: Gumar Karash Mausoleum

The burial site of a well-known poet and writer Gumar Karash was included in the list of Holy Sites of Kazakhstan. A mausoleum to the public figure is built in Zhanibek district of West Kazakhstan region. The tomb was constructed at the expense of philanthropists and is nine meters high.

AZAMAT SAFIMALIYEV, GOVERNOR, ZHANIBEK DISTRICT, WEST KAZAKHSTAN REGION:

 - The stones for Gumar Karash’s Mausoleum were brought from Mangystau. The construction cost eight million Tenge. These are not the budget money. The project was funded by the city residents who opened the Gumar Karash Foundation that collected money for the construction.

Gumar Karash is a prominent Kazakh public figure. He was one of the first Kazakh patriotic journalists in the early 20th century. He was the editor of ‘Kazakhstan’ newspaper and wrote articles for editions such as ‘Fiker’ and ‘Kazakh’. He was also in charge of the first educational magazine in Kazakhstan. According to specialists, the poet’s life and legacy are not fully researched. Karash wrote many of his works under different bylines.

BAKTYLY BORANBAYEVA, CANDIDATE OF HISTORICAL SCIENCES:

 - Therefore, the modern researchers need to study and reveal the vast legacy that the prominent writer left to the young generation. We need to promote Gumar Karash’s works among the people in Kazakhstan and all over the Turkic world as well. 

KAZBEK KUTTYMURATULY, JOURNALIST:

 - He was an educator and patriot of his country. 100 years ago he addressed the important issues related to the political structure of the country in the newspaper. He also wrote about vital issues such as the improvement of literacy among the population and the advantages of a sedentary lifestyle. We will continue to study his life and works. 

Three volumes of the first complete collection of Karash’s works were recently presented in Uralsk. It includes new information about the poet’s biography and works. The material was collected by local journalists.