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14th January, 1896
Writes the poem Vijaini.
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Maghotsav

24th January, 1896
66th festival held at Maharshi Bhavan or Jorasanko Mansion. Contributes two songs.
  • Viswarajalaye viswabina bajichhe 24th January, 1896
  • Padaprante rakho sevake 24th January, 1896
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Griha-satru

28th January, 1896
In a remarkable spell of intense creativity writes Griha-satru.
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Marichika

29th January, 1896
Writes a sonnet Marichika.
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Kshitindranath

31st January, 1896
Nephew Kshitindranath gets married.
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Balendranath

4th February, 1896
Nephew Balendranath gets married.
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Utsav

4th February, 1896
Writes Utsav on the day of Balendranath's wedding.
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Gift

4th February, 1896
Dedicates the book of verse Nadi to Balendranath as a wedding gift.
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Nadi

4th February, 1896
This felicitous panoramic poem of 300 lines is particularly suitable for children in terms of rhyme, rhythm and diction.
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Prastarmurti

6th February, 1896
Writes another sonnet Prastarmurti.
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Narir dan

7th February, 1896
Writes a small piece Narir dan.
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Jivan-devata

11th February, 1896
Writes the famous and much-discussed Jivan-devata, surely a locus classicus.
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Rate o Prabhate

12th February, 1896
Writes another innovative piece Rate o Prabhate.
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1400 Saal

13th February, 1896
And now another masterpiece and a locus classicus of a different kind – 1400 saal.
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Nirab Tantri

15th February, 1896
Writes Nirab Tantri.
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Durakanksha

15th February, 1896
Writes Durakanksha.
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Proura

18th February, 1896
Writes another sonnet Proura.
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Prabhatkumar's poem dedicated to Rabindranath

22nd February, 1896
Prabhatkumar sends Rabindranath a manuscript titled Kahini, planned to be published for private circulation only.
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Dhuli

26th February, 1896
Writes another sonnet Dhuli with a complex rhyme scheme.
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Review

March, 1896
A review lauding the poem, probably written by Ramananda Chatterjee, will appear in the march issue of Dasi journal.
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House-school

March, 1896
Nadi is but a part of a larger project, it is in the curriculum of a house-school set up primarily at Rabindranath's initiative to educate the children of the family. Rathi and Bela are among the students. It's a precursor – a very small precursor of course – of the shape of things to come.
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Sindhupare

2nd March, 1896
Writes Sindhupare – the last poem in the Chitra anthology.
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Chitra

11th March, 1896
Chitra, the book of poems, is published without delay on 11th March.
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Shilaidaha

March, 1896
Visits Shilaidaha in early March.
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Dwijendralal Roy & Sureshchandra Samajpati

March, 1896
Contemporary correspondence between them and Rabindranath shows that in the beginning both Dwijendra and Suresh who later turned into harsh critics were admiring friends.
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Chaitali

1896
Obviously making the most of a great creative phase which shows no signs of waning yet, he writes an astonishing number of poems in Chaitra (March-April) (later collected in Chaitali) in the highly stimulating environs of East Bengal -- the wonderful crucible from which much of what's enduring in Rabindranath's oeuvre sprang.
  • Prabhat 23rd March, 1896
  • Utswarga 25th March, 1896
  • Geetahin 25th March, 1896
  • Swapna 26th March, 1896
  • Ashar Sima 26th March, 1896
  • Devatar Vidai 26th March, 1896
  • Punyer Hisab 26th March, 1896
  • Bairagya 26th March, 1896
  • Palligrame 28th March, 1896
  • Samanya lok 29th March, 1896
  • Durlav Janma 30th March, 1896
  • Kheya 30th March, 1896
  • Karma 30th March, 1896
  • Bane o Rajye 31st March, 1896
  • Sabhyatar Prati 31st March, 1896
  • Bana 31st March, 1896
  • Tapavana 31st March, 1896
  • Ritusamhar 1st April, 1896
  • Meghdoot 2nd April, 1896
  • Didi 2nd April, 1896
  • Parichaya 2nd April, 1896
  • Ananta Pathe 2nd April, 1896
  • Kshanamilan 3rd April, 1896
  • Prem 3rd April, 1896
  • Puntu 4th April, 1896
  • Sangi 4th April, 1896
  • Sati 5th April, 1896
  • Snehadrishya 5th April, 1896
  • Karuna 5th April, 1896
  • Padma 6th April, 1896
  • Snehagrash 6th April, 1896
  • Bangamata 7th April, 1896
  • Dui Upama 7th April, 1896
  • Abhiman 7th April, 1896
  • Parabesh 7th April, 1896
  • Samapti 8th April, 1896
  • Dharatal 8th April, 1896
  • Tattwa o Saundarjya 8th April, 1896
  • Tattwagyanhin 8th April, 1896
  • Manashi 9th April, 1896
  • Nari 9th April, 1896
  • Priya 9th April, 1896
  • Dhyan 9th April, 1896
  • Mauna 10th April, 1896
  • Asamaya 10th April, 1896
  • Gaan 10th April, 1896
  • Barshasesh 11th April, 1896
  • Shesh Katha 11th April, 1896
  • Abhaya 11th April, 1896
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Bengali New Year

April, 1896
Most probably he's still in Sahajadpur still writing the poems later collected in the Chaitali.
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Poems

13th April, 1896
Rabindranath writes three poems:
  • Anabrishti 13th April, 1896
  • Agnyata Viswa 13th April, 1896
  • Bhayer Durasha 13th April, 1896
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Back in Kolkata

April, 1896
Back in Kolkata in the middle of April.
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Prabhatkumar reviews Chitra

May, 1896
Prabhatkumar writes a long review of Chitra in the Dasi (May issue).
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Maharshi's 80th birthday

15th May, 1896
Maharshi's 80th birthday celebrated by the members of all the Brahma societies and their families at the Park St. residence.
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Discusses literary matters with Prabhatkumar

13th June, 1896
Comes to Kolkata, meets the poet at Jorasanko, discusses literary matters.
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Annual meeting of Brahmasamaj

22nd June, 1896
Along with Satyaprasad, Balendranath and Surendranath attends the annual meeting of the Bhawanipore Brahmasamaj.
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Borrows four thousand rupees from Satyaprasad

22nd June, 1896
Partners of Tagore & Co – Rabindranath, Surendranath and Balendranath borrow four thousand rupees from Satyaprasad at 9% interest. It will be repaid only after Balendranath's death. They will borrow another six thousand rupees from him on 1st August.
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Writes Bhakter Prati

4th July, 1896
Writes the sonnet Bhakter Prati to satisfy Prabhatkumar's demand.
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Prachin Bharat and Hridayadharma

15th July, 1896
Another surge of writing comes on with the poet writing the sonnet Prachin Bharat and Hridayadharma.
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Nadijatra

21st July, 1896
On his way to Shilaidaha writes Nadijatra.
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Writes three poems at Shilaidaha

July, 1896
Writes three more poems while at Shilaidaha.
  • Mrityumadhuri July, 1896
  • Smriti July, 1896
  • Bilaya July, 1896
Death is the principal theme of these poems, and naturally, because according to the poet, his niece Abhi's death drew the poem Mrityumadhuri from him.
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Arrives at Sahajadpur

22nd July, 1896
Arrives in Sahajadpur and at once plunges in estate supervision.
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Eighteen Poems of varied nature

July, 1896
But the muses continue visiting him – he writes 18 poems of varied nature between 24th — 29th July.
  • Pratham Chumban 24th July, 1896
  • Sesh Chumban 24th July, 1896
  • Jatri 25th July, 1896
  • Trina 25th July, 1896
  • Swartha 25th July, 1896
  • Preyashi 25th July, 1896
  • Santimantra 25th July, 1896
  • Kalidaser Prati 25th July, 1896
  • Kabya 25th July, 1896
  • Oiswarya 28th July, 1896
  • Prarthana 28th July, 1896
  • Ichhamati Nadi 28th July, 1896
  • Susrusha 28th July, 1896
  • Asish Grahan 28th July, 1896
  • Bidai 28th July, 1896
  • Kumarsambhav Gan 29th July, 1896
  • Manaslok 29th July, 1896
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Returns from Sahajadpur

July, 1896
By the end of July he is back in Kolkata.
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Power of Attorney

8th August, 1896
Debendranath confers Power of Attorney entirely on Rabindranath.
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Extra Allowance

8th August, 1896
Rabindranath granted an additional allowance of Rs 200/- for managing both family and estate affairs.
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Shibdhan Vidyarnab

September, 1896
Engaged as a teacher of the family school. Later Rabindranath will take him to his school in Santiniketan.
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Tagore & Co

September, 1896
Besides jute and sugarcane, the company tries to diversify into leather trade, buys up raw hides worth Rs 2700/-.
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Remains fully accountable to Maharshi

September, 1896
Though he was now in overall charge of everything, Rabindranath remained fully accountable to Maharshi who retained the ultimate authority and on the second and third days of every month he'd go to Maharshi's Park St. residence, submit a complete account of the expenses incurred in the preceding month and obtain his advice and approval.
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Radhikaprasad Goswami as music teacher of Adi Brahmasamaj

September, 1896
The notable vocalist Radhikaprasad Goswami (1863-1924), an exponent of the Vishnupur school of classical music, is the singer and music teacher of the Adi Brahmasamaj at this time. It is a salaried job.
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Sixty-third death anniversary of Raja Rammohan Ray

27th September, 1896
On the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of Rammohan's death Rabindranath composes Ke jai Amritadhamajatri. At a large meeting held at City College, Mirzapur St. to observe the death anniversary, Rabindranath reads an essay on Rammohan. Hirendranath Dutta and others also speak.
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Rammohan Ray in Bharati

September, 1896
It is later printed under the title Rammohan Ray in the Oct-Nov issue of Bharati.
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Kavya Granthavali Published

30th September, 1896
Kavya Granthavali or collected poetical works published by Satyaprasad Gangopadhaya. It contains all his books of poems, songs and plays printed so far. The new things added are Chaitali and Malini. Rabindranath derives the story.
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Darjeeling & Karsiang

8th October, 1896
Goes to Darjeeling with Rathindranath and Dinendranath.
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Accompanies Maharaja Virchandra in Karsiang

October, 1896
Most probably Maharaja Virchandra Manikya of Tripura - then ailing - requests his close friend Rabindranath to accompany him in Karsiang. Rabindranath spends almost a month in Karsiang.
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Maharani Sunitidevi of Koochbihar

October, 1896
Meanwhile he pays a flying visit to Darjeeling to see Maharani Sunitidevi of Koochbihar.
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Letter from Madhurilata

October, 1896
This letter is significant because in this and another letter written by Madhurilata, Mrinalini writes a few lines to the poet. These are the only surviving specimens of her letters written to Rabindranath. Her lines in this letter read, "I have received your pictures. Yours has come out very well. Indeed, of all your pictures, this is the best. Khoka's picture hasn't come as well as yours, it is whitish."
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Virchandra Dies

December, 1896
Maharaja Virchandra dies in December.
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Kolkata

11th December, 1896
Returns to Kolkata.
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Samindranath born

12th December, 1896
Their last child Samindranath born.
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Congress

28th December, 1896
12th annual Congress session held in Kolkata at Beadon Square. At the inaugural function, Rabindranath sings the first two lines of Bankimchandra's Vande Mataram to his own tune. Rabindranath composes a special song for this occasion -- the well known Oi Bhubanamanamohini. Their enthusiasm for Congress sessions is no secret. Besides Rabindranath, Jyotirindranath, Gaganendranath, Abanindranath, Balendranath, Surendranath and others attend the session.
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Conference

30th December, 1896
Theistic Conference is held at the prayer hall of the Sadharan Brahmasamaj. Justice Ranade presides.
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Dinner at India Club

31st December, 1896
Congress delegates feted at a dinner at the India Club.
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