Rabisarani Rabisarani

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Poet's reply to Lytton's letter

4th January, 1926
In Kolkata to reply to Lytton's letter of 31st December, 1925 in which the latter expresses his inability to grant Visva-Bharati a charter as a University because Visva-Bharati is yet to attain the stature required for such recognition. Rabindranath replies reiterating his views.
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Visit

12th January, 1926
M.S.Marvin – cultural representative of The League of Nations visits Santiniketan and holds a meeting with the poet.
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Lucknow

14th January, 1926
Accompanied by Pratima Devi, Nandalal Basu and A. A. Bake and Mrs. Bake, Rabindranath goes to Lucknow to attend the Nikhil Bharat Sangeet Sammelan.
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Lytton

16th January, 1926
Lytton replies (letter date 16th January).
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Death

19th January, 1926
His elder brother Dwijendranath Tagore dies in Santiniketan. Poet hastens back to Santinketan, delivers the sermon Mrityu during prayers at the temple.
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Preparation to receive poet at Dhaka

February, 1926
Meanwhile preparations are going on in full swing in Dhaka to receive the poet during his forthcoming visit. Historian Rameshchandra Majumdar of Dhaka University and Kabi-Abhyarthana Samity prepare to receive Rabindranath.
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Rabindranath arrives at Dhaka

6th February, 1926
Rabindranath arrives in Dhaka with a large entourage which includes Formichi and Tucci. Stays aboard Turag--a houseboat made available by the Nawab of Dhaka for the poet's residence.
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Felicitations

7th February, 1926
Felicitations given by Dhaka Municipality and People's Association. Later speaks at a massive meeting at Coronation Park.
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Turag

8th February, 1926
Members of the local elite call on him on the houseboat. Visits Dipali Sangha(founded by Leela Nag). Nearly two thousand women welcome him here.
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Meeting

9th February, 1926
Speaks at a huge meeting of five thousand people where many women are present at the sprawling grounds of Jagannath Intermediate College; concentrates on the central problems of Hindu-Muslim discord, duty towards the Untouchables and rural reconstruction.
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D. University

10th February, 1926
Attends reception organised by Dhaka University. Now Dr. Rameshchandra Majumdar is his host and poet moves to Majumdar's residence.
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Health

February, 1926
Slightly ill; engagements put on hold.
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Prof. Formichi

11th February, 1926
Prof. Formichi lectures on Meditative and Active India at Dhaka university.
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Prof. Tucci

12th February, 1926
Prof. Tucci lectures on The Idealistic School in Buddhism at Dhaka University.
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The rule of the Giant

13th February, 1926
Rabindranath delivers the lecture The rule of the Giant at Curzon Hall, Dhaka University and thus completes his programme at the University.
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Attends function

14th February, 1926
Attends a function of Visva-Bharati Sammilani at Apurbakumar Chanda's residence.
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Tea party

14th February, 1926
Organised by Educational Institute.
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Play - Chirakumar Sabha

14th February, 1926
Poet sees a performance of Chirakumar Sabha.
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Moimansingh

15th February, 1926
Received by a large crowd at the railway station led by Maharaja Sasikanta Acharya Chowdhuri who puts him up at his Alexandra Castle. Rabindranath rests here for a few days.
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Civic reception

15th February, 1926
Civic reception by municipality at Suryakanta Town Hall in the evening.
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Felicitated by local Brahmasamaj

16th February, 1926
Felicitated by the local Brahmasamaj. Visits Anandamohan College in the evening.
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Felicitated by Troiodashi Sammilani

17th February, 1926
Felicitated by Troiodashi Sammilani of Muktagachha.
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Visit

18th February, 1926
Rabindranath visits Vidyamayi Balika Vidyalaya and City School.
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Athtarbadi & kumilla

19th February, 1926
Spends a few hours at the house of Zamindar Promodchandra Roychowdhuri-an alumnus of Santiniketan. Later leaves for Kumilla by train. Arrives and stays at Abhay Ashram,Kumilla.
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Ashram

20th February, 1926
The residents of the ashram present an address to the poet. Rabindranath gives a lecture here.
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Third annual meeting of the ashram

21st February, 1926
Presides over the third annual meeting of the ashram, speaks on the occasion.
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Delivers sermon

22nd February, 1926
Delivers a sermon after morning prayers at their ashram.
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Kumilla

22nd February, 1926
Calls on Akhilchandra and Indubhusan Dutta, visits Ramlala Students' Hostel.
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Tipura

22nd February, 1926
Arrives in Agartala, Tripura on his seventh and last visit late at night. Stays at Kunjaban palace.
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Song

23rd February, 1926
Writes the song – Doley premer dolonchampa –
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Felicitated by Kishore Sahitya Samaj

24th February, 1926
Poet is felicitated by Kishore Sahitya Samaj at Umakanta Acadmy Hall.
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Rasleela dance

25th February, 1926
Witnesses Rasleela dance performed by Manipuri women artistes at prince Brajendrakishore's house.
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Departure

26th February, 1926
Leaves Agartala for Kolkata.
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Chandpur

26th February, 1926
Halts at Chandpur on the way, addresses a meeting men and women who are grateful for the halt.
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Narayanganj

27th February, 1926
Also halts at Naraynganj. Local students present him with an address and hear him speak.
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Song

27th February, 1926
Writes the song – Phaguner nabin anandey
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Kolkata

1926
Returns to Kolkata (28th Feb - 1st March).
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Farewell to Carlo Formichi

3rd March, 1926
Visva-Bharati says goodbye to Formichi who had come for three months only. Prof. Tucci stays back.
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Nababadhu

5th March, 1926
Rabindranath writes the poem Nababadhu.
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Farewell of Carlo Formichi at Jorasanko

9th March, 1926
Carlo Formichi is also given a farewell at Vichitra Bhaban,Jorasanko in the poet's presence. Rabindranath delivers a farewell address.
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Letter to Mussolini

10th March, 1926
Rabindranath writes a long letter to Mussolini expressing his gratitude and sends it through Formichi.
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Health

17th March, 1926
Dr. Nilratan Sarkar examines him, advises complete rest and avoidance of all exertions in view of the state of his health.
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Medical bulletin

18th March, 1926
Medical bulletin to this effect issued to the press.
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Illness

24th March, 1926
Illness prolonged illness, prolonged stay at the Alipore residence of Prasantachandra Mahalanabis till 24th March.
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Santiniketan

25th March, 1926
Having recovered if only partially, he returns to Santiniketan. As usual, a variety of tasks claims his time and energy during the period March-April, 26.
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Letter to Niharranjan Ray

26th March, 1926
Writes to Niharranjan Ray (1903-81), admiring his review of the Purabi in the Prabashi(Chaitra issue).
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Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha

28th March, 1926
Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha pays the rest Rs.5000/- of the donation for Surul.
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Songs

April, 1926
He is again penning songs.
  • Eso Neepabane
  • Janine o kego amal akashe
  • Jabo,jabo, jabo tabe
  • Ke boley jao jao
  • Chaitra pavaney mama
  • Mon rey orey mon
  • Kalo megher ghata
  • Sakalbelar kunri amar
  • Ogo jaler rani
  • Apanhara matowara
  • Eso amar gharey eso
  • Se je moner manush keno tarey
  • Baney jadi phootlo
  • Parabasi choley eso
  • Eso eso eso praner utsavey
  • Tomar beena amar monomajhey
  • chapala taba nabina ankhi duti
  • Nupur bejey jay rinirini
  • Likhan tomar dhulay hoechhe dhuli
  • Jani tomar ajana nahi go 30th March, 1926
  • Ki phool jharilo 31st March, 1926
  • Amar latar pratham mukul 31st March, 1926
  • Keno rey etoi jabar twara 1st April, 1926
  • Kandar samay alpa orey 1st April, 1926
  • Bina sajey saji 2nd April, 1926
  • Ki paini tari hisaab 2nd April, 1926
  • Sei bhalo sei bhalo 2nd April, 1926
  • Anek katha jao jey boley 4th April, 1926
  • Dey pade dey amay tora 4th April, 1926
  • Patar bhela bhasai nirey 4th April, 1926
  • Ebar elo samay rey tor 6th April, 1926
  • Sesh belakar sesher gaaney 8th April, 1926
  • Adhek ghumey nayan chumey 8th April, 1926
  • E pathey ami je 8th April, 1926
  • Amar praney gabhir gopan 8th April, 1926
  • Haar manaley bhangiley abhiman 10th April, 1926
  • Din parey jay din 10th April, 1926
  • Bandhan chharar sadhan hobey 10th April, 1926
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Riots

2nd April, 1926
Bengal Pact negotiated by Chittaranjan between Hindus and Muslims in Bengal finally collapses as Hindu-Muslim riots break out in Kolkata in a big way.
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Letter to Pramatha Chowdhury

6th April, 1926
Rabindranath expresses his dismay and anguish in a letter to Pramatha Chowdhury.
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Unable to preside over Bangiya Sahitya Sammilan at Suri

April, 1926
Unable to preside over Bangiya Sahitya Sammilan at Suri due to weakness of health. The address written for this purpose is printed in the Prabashi (April-May issue,26) under the title Sahitya-sammilan.
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Chirakumar Sabha is published

12th April, 1926
Chirakumar Sabha is published , 1100 copies printed.
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Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha leaves for Europe

13th April, 1926
Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha leaves for a tour of Europe including Italy. Rabindranath gives him a letter of introduction addressed to Mussolini.
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Last day

13th April, 1926
The poet prays in the ashram temple in the evening on the last day of the Bengali year and delivers a sermon.
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First day

14th April, 1926
First day of the new Bengali year sees him pray in the temple in the morning.
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Baikali

April, 1926
Writes the Baikali cycle of poems and songs.
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65th Birthday Anniversary

7th May, 1926
65th birth anniversary celebrated with great flourish. Congatulations from notables both at home and abroad arrive. The Maharaja of Porbandar also announces his generous grant for Kalabhaban today.
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Natir Puja

7th May, 1926
Natir Puja is performed in the evening at Santiniketan.
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Pramatha Chowdhury

May, 1926
Rabindranath writes a long analytical review of hs book Ryoter Katha.
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Baikali

12th May, 1926
Sends the manuscript of Baikali to Ramananda Chatterjee, writes in a letter that he wants it to be first published in Prabashi and later as a book.
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Italy invites

12th May, 1926
Prof. Formichi's letter inviting the poet to visit Italy received.
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Rabindranath leaves for Bombay

12th May, 1926
Rabindranath leaves for Bombay en route to Europe with a large entourage which includes Rathindranath, Pratima Devi, Pupe, Premchand Lal, Gourgopal Ghosh.
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Prasantachandra joins the poet

May, 1926
Prasantachandra and Rani Mahalanabish will go to Italy via Colombo and later join the poet in Rome to Rabindranath's delight and Formichi's dismay. He'll play an important role in opening the poet's eyes to fraudulent fascist propoganda during the Italian tour.
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Bombay (now Mumbai)

15th May, 1926
Rabindranath sails for Italy on the Italian boat Aquileja. Lavish arangements on board and the poet is accorded the honour due to a guest of state.
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Port Said

May, 1926
Hebrew scholar Shulamith Flaum who had visited Santiniketan comes on board at Port Said and invites him to visit the new Jewish state in Palestine. But the poet declines because of his fast-paced Italian itinerary.
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letter

19th May, 1926
Writes to Santoshchandra Majumdar that he has written an essay on the ideal of education.
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Naples

29th May, 1926
Disembarks at Naples, Italy.
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Received by Formichi

May, 1926
Received by Formichi and government officials who've arrived from Rome. Goes to Rome by special train.
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Elmhirst and Andree Karpelles arrive

May, 1926
Elmhirst and Andree Karpelles arrive from England and France respectively to meet him at Naples.
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Rome

30th May, 1926
In Rome. State-sponsored hospitality leaves nothing to chance.
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Poet meets Mussolini

31st May, 1926
He meets Mussolini and when he speaks to the press, Rabindranath is all praise-some would say fulsome praise--for the Italian dictator. "His Excellency Mussolini seems modeled body and soul by the chisel of a Michael Angelo, whose very action showed intelligence and force. i see a great future for your country..."Statements like this are exaggerated and fastened upon by the Fascist press and give them a handle to project Tagore as witlessly endorsing everything Mussolini does and ignoring the cruel excesses committed by him.
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Stays in Rome

1926
Poet stays in Rome for a couple of weeks, goes to see many places famous in history and numerous visitors call on him though government officials and particularly Formichi who acts as interpreter are always at hand to make sure that only pro-Fascist intellectuals and academics get to see him.
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Invitation

3rd June, 1926
The question as to who invited Rabindranath to visit Italy is keenly discussed and debated in the Indian press. For example, The Pioneeer of Allahabad writes--"The meeting between the great bengali poet and the Italian duke at Rome is a piquant incident in the international life today...The poet in Tagore may see much that is admirable in the wonderful work which Mussolini has done for his country...But he will not fail to see danger ahead." (3rd June).
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Rception

June, 1926
Given a grand civic reception at the Capitol by the mayor of Rome and the elite of the city.
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Lecture

8th June, 1926
Delivers an address on The Meaning of Art at a gathering of Unione Intellectuale Italina.
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Visit

8th June, 1926
Visits Orti di pace--a children's school.
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Colosseum

10th June, 1926
Witnesses Annual Choral Concert of School Children at the Colosseum.
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Felicitation

10th June, 1926
Felicitated by Rome University in the evening.
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King

11th June, 1926
King meets Victor Emmanuel(1869-1947)-king of Italy.
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Dakghar

13th June, 1926
The poet sees a performance of the play in Italian at the Argentina Theatre.
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Croce

14th June, 1926
And at last a secret meeting with Beneditto Croce(1866-1952) takes place - much to Formichi's discomfiture.
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News

June, 1926
News of Fascist tyranny and atrocities from various sources somehow trickles in in spite of the censorship exercised by Formichi. Prasantachandra tries his utmost to make him aware of the baleful nature of Fascist rule which Mrs. Salvadori will later unveil to him in lurid details in Zurich. But the spell cast by Mussolini over him is yet to be completely broken.
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Florence

16th June, 1926
In Florence, received by Marchase Corsini of the celebrated Corsini family of Florence.
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My School

17th June, 1926
Delivers an address on My School at Florence University.
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Turin

19th June, 1926
In Turin, felicitated by women's organisation--Pro Coltura feminine.
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City and Village

20th June, 1926
Delivers the address City and Village at Liceo Musicalle hall.
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University

20th June, 1926
Speaks to an audience of the students of Turin University.
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Switzerland

20th June, 1926
Leaves Italy for Switzerland.
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Villenuve, Switzerland

21st June, 1926
Arrives, stays in Hotel Byron.
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R. Rolland

June, 1926
Poet often meets Romain Rolland who lives close by. Rolland tries to disabuse him of the impressions created by Fascist propaganda, shows him the wicked disparity between what he actually said in his statements and distorted version put out by Formichi and the Italian press.
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Letter to Formichi

6th July, 1926
In Zurich. Writes to Formichi pointing out the stark fact that his statements and pronouncements have not been correctly translated and reported by the Italian press.
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Refugees

6th July, 1926
Italian refugees who have fled from fascist Italy and taken shelter in Switzerland meet the poet.
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Poet's view of Mussolini

7th July, 1926
But the frightful truth of what Fascism really is at last sinking in, though slowly. He writes in this letter that though he admires Mussolini, "That I should be made to appear to sanction a career of unscrupulous crime in any political body fr the sake of the self-aggrandizement of a people is extremely repugnant to me."
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Vienna

10th July, 1926
Arrives in Vienna.
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Victims

July, 1926
Dr.Angelica Balbanoff and Modigliani--victims of fascist tyranny and consequently refugees in Austria-meet him in Vienna and the poet is further disabused.
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Letter to Formichi

20th July, 1926
Fires a second letter to Formichi.
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London

31st July, 1926
Reaches London via Paris; goes to Elmhirst's recently established school at Dartington Hall.
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Friends

August, 1926
Meets old friends like Rothenstein, C.P. Scott, E.Rees.
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Carbis Bay

August, 1926
Goes to Carbis Bay in Cornwall, meets Bertrand and Dora Russell.
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London

August, 1926
Returns to London.
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Bridges

August, 1926
Spends a day with poet laureate Bridges at the latter's invitation in Oxford.
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Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)

August, 1926
Meets the sculptor Epstein who makes a grand bust of the poet.
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Norway

21st August, 1926
After 3 weeks spent in London, Rabindranath sails for Norway with Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha and Prasantachandra and Rani Mahalanabis.
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Oslo

August, 1926
His first visit to Oslo. Meets friends like Prof.S. Konow--a former guest-lecturer at Santiniketan as well as King Hakone of Norway.
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Lecture at Oslo

25th August, 1926
Delivers a lecture at Oriental Academy, Oslo.
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Public lecture

August, 1926
Gives a public lecture in the hall of the University.
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Sculpture - Fountain of Life

August, 1926
Goes to see Gustav Vigeland's famous sculpture Fountain of Life in a park in Oslo.
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Visits writers and intellectuals

August, 1926
During the brief stay in Oslo leading Norwegian writers and intellectuals call him.
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Sweden

August, 1926
Arrives in Stockholm.
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Meets members of the Swedish Academy

August, 1926
Meets members of the Swedish Academy at a lunch hosted in his honour by the famous explorer Sven Hedin(1865-1952).
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Denmark

6th September, 1926
Arrives in Copenhagen.
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George Brandis

September, 1926
Sees the ailing George Brandis (1842-1927).
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Baltic

8th September, 1926
Crosses the Baltic Sea to reach Germany.
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Se kon pagol jai

8th September, 1926
On the steamer writes the song – Se kon pagol jai –
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Hamburg

9th September, 1926
Delivers a lecture on Culture and Progress.
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Songs in Hamburg

9th September, 1926
Writes two songs
  • Kar chokher chawar 9th September, 1926
  • Roy je kangal shunya hatey 9th September, 1926
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Berlin

September, 1926
In Berlin and stays there from 11th to 16th September.
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Meets the German president

September, 1926
Meets the German president Von Hindenburg at the latter's invitation.
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Meets education minister

September, 1926
Meets education minister Dr. Becker and the world renowned Einstein.
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Attacking Fascism in italy

September, 1926
Writes a letter to The Manchester Guardian attacking Fascism in italy.
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German publisher Kurt Wolff

September, 1926
Received by his German publisher Kurt Wolff at his residence.
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Munich

September, 1926
In Munich. Writes four songs from 17th to 19th September.
  • Chhutir banshi bajlo 17th September, 1926
  • Akash, tomay kon roopey 17th September, 1926
  • Nai nai bhay, hobe hobe joy 18th September, 1926
  • Tor bhitarey jagia 18th September, 1926
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Nuremberg

September, 1926
In Nuremberg.
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Stuttgart

21st September, 1926
In Stuttgart.
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Three songs

September, 1926
Writes three songs.
  • Amar mukti aloy aloy 19th September, 1926
  • Sakalbelar aloy bajey 20th September, 1926
  • Madhur tomar sesh je 21st September, 1926
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Cologne

24th September, 1926
In Cologne.
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Two songs

24th September, 1926
Writes two songs
  • Chahia dekho raser srotey 24th September, 1926
  • Tumi ushar sonar bindu 24th September, 1926
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In Dusseldorf

25th September, 1926
Writes the song – Gane gane taba bandhana.
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Berlin

26th September, 1926
Back in Berlin; Rathindranth undergoes surgery.
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In Dresden

4th October, 1926
Delivers lecture, goes to see performance of Dakghar.
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Ramananda Chatterjee meets the poet

4th October, 1926
Ramananda Chatterjee is now travelling in Europe, meets the poet.
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Back in Berlin

6th October, 1926
Writes the song – Apni amar konkhaney
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Prague

9th October, 1926
Arrives in Prague; stays a few days, sees a performance of Dakghar(Czech version). Delivers lectures. Also witnesses a Bach recital at New German Theatre.
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Two songs

11th October, 1926
Writes two songs
  • Ogo sundara ekada ki jani 11th October, 1926
  • Kothay phiris param sesher 12th October, 1926
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In Vienna

October, 1926
Gives an address immediately after arrival. Overcome with fatigue, rests here for ten days (16th to 26th October).
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Writes song

20th October, 1926
Writes – Akashey tor temni achhe chhuti –
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Budapest

26th October, 1926
Arrives in Budapest, Hungary.
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Lecture

October, 1926
Though ill, gives a lecture. Meets Hungarian supremo admiral Horthy. Falls ill again.
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Poem

27th October, 1926
In Budapest he writes the poem which begins--Path ekhono sesh holo na--
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Dinner

28th October, 1926
Budapest Municipality hosts a dinner in his honour at Municipal St. Gellert Hotel.
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Rest

October, 1926
Following medical advice,retires to a sanatorium at Balaton Fured for rest and recuperation.
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Song

30th October, 1926
At Balaton pens the song – diner belai banshi tomar
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Lekhan

November, 1926
Lekhan inscribes the poems of this anthology for facsimile printing on aluminium sheets based on new German methods. Writes to Prasantachandra instructing him to procure machinery for facsimile printing for Santiniketan press.
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Sapling

8th November, 1926
Plants a linden sapling at the sanatorium.
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Song

9th November, 1926
Writes another song at Balaton – Pantha-pakhir rikta kulai
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Belgrade

15th November, 1926
In Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
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Delivers addresses

November, 1926
Delivers addresses to a huge audience at Belgrade University on two days.
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Rathindranath joins

November, 1926
Rathindranath and others join him here.
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Sofia

November, 1926
Arrives in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Meets academics

November, 1926
Meets academics and opinion leaders, gives one lecture.
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King Boris

November, 1926
Is received by king Boris of Bulgaria.
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Rumania

November, 1926
Travels to Bucharest, Rumania.
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Receives felicitation

November, 1926
Receives felicitation and veneration from Rumanians; king Ferdinand hosts a lunch in honour of the poet.
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Ahens, Greece

25th November, 1926
Arrives in Athens, is accorded a reception by Greek writers and intellectuals and and the honour of the 'Order of the Redeemer' is conferred on him.
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Mahalanabis

25th November, 1926
Here Prasantachndra and Nirmalkumari(Rani) leave Rabindrnath and start for England.
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Alexandria

27th November, 1926
In Egypt.
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Cairo

28th November, 1926
Arrives Cairo.
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Invited to tea by Ahmed Souki

28th November, 1926
Invited to tea by the greatest living Egyptian poet Ahmed Souki. All the ministers of the Egyptian government attend the party and a session of the Parliament is adjourned in his honour.
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Received by king Faud

28th November, 1926
The poet is received by king Faud and presented with a collection of Arabic classics.
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Cairo museum

29th November, 1926
Visits Cairo museum.
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Sails for India

1926
Sails for India from Alexandria.
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Death

1926
Santoshchandra Majumar – Rathindranath's classmate and a dedicated worker of Santiniketan and Sriniketan is dead. The news immensely saddens Rabindranath.
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Letters to Rani Mahalanabis

1926
During the voyage begins a series of letters addressed to Rani Mahalanabis.
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Heimendorf

1926
On board the ship gets acquainted with the German anthropologist Christoph Von Furer Heimendorf and his wife who will later win fame for his work on the aboriginals of central and south India. Admires their dedication in a letter to Rani Mahalanabis.
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Arrives at Kolkata

December, 1926
Arrives in Kolkata to a big reception of the city literati led by the mayor J.M. Sengupta.
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Santiniketan

19th December, 1926
Returns to Santiniketan.
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Poush Utsav

24th December, 1926
Held as usual in the ashram.
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Congress

25th December, 1926
42nd annual session held in Guahati, Assam. Srinivas Iyenger presides.
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Appeal

25th December, 1926
In an address delivered in Santiniketan before an assembly of local people, Rabindranath implores both Hindus and Muslims to maintain peace and harmony.
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