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Keshabchandra Sen dies

4th January, 1884
Keshabchandra Sen dies. Death mourned in the Brahmo press.
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Maghotsav

24th January, 1884
Maghotsav is celebrated on 11th Magh (Bengali month). Rabindranath composes nine songs for the occasion which are sung in the morning service.
  • Subhra asane birajo
  • Sansarete charidhar
  • Ki dibo tomay
  • Ke re oi dakichhe
  • Sakalere kachhe daki
  • Tomarei praner asha
  • Hatay loye deepa aganan
  • Animesh ankhi
  • Sakatore oi kandichhe
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Mrinalini goes to school

18th February, 1884
Debendranath takes a keen interest in and provides generously for Mrinalini's schooling. He writes to Rabindranath, "Send Chhoto bou to Loreto House for English Education. It's certainly a fine arrangement that she will be taught separately and not with the other girls of the class……". Unprecedentedly, a maid is appointed exclusively for Mrinalini.
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Mrinalini receives monthly allowance

February, 1884
Mrinalini also receives a monthly allowance of Twenty Five rupees.
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Mrinalini in Gyanadanandini Devi's custody

February, 1884
Young Mrinalini is in Gyanadanandini Devi's custody. This arrangement lasts till Rabindranath sets up his own house.
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Chhabi O Gaan

23rd February, 1884
Rabindranath publishes his sixth book of verse, Chhabi O Gaan, contaning thirty poems.
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Annual festival of Savitri Library

23rd February, 1884
Rabindranath narrates the satirical essay Akalkushmanda on the occasion of the annual festival of Savitri Library. There he also sings Vandemataram.
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Vivaha Utsav

March, 1884
In the last week of March 1884, Rabindranath's niece Hiranmoyee (elder sister Swarnakumari's daughter) marries Phanibhusan Mukherjee. To celebrate the occasion Rabindranath writes and stages a musical play Vivaha Utsav. Of the 45 songs in the play he contributes as many as 28.
  • Nach Shyama taley taley March, 1884
  • Oi janalar kachhe basey achhe March, 1884
  • Saadh kore keno sakha March, 1884
  • Dhire dhire praney amar March, 1884
  • Tumi achho kon pada March, 1884
  • Rim jhim ghana ghana re March, 1884
  • Tare dekhate pariney keno pran March, 1884
  • Dekho oi ke esechhe March, 1884
  • Bhalo jadi baso sakhi March, 1884
  • O keno bhalobasha janate ashe March, 1884
  • Bhalobasile jadi sey March, 1884
  • Boney amon phool phutechhe March, 1884
  • Kenore chas phirey phirey March, 1884
  • Money roey galo moner katha March, 1884
  • Promodey dhalia dinu March, 1884
  • Bujhi bela bohey jay March, 1884
  • Katha kos ne lo Rai March, 1884
  • O keno churi korey chay March, 1884
  • Sakha sadhite sadhatey March, 1884
  • Eto phool ke photaley kanoney March, 1884
  • Amader sakhirey ke niye jabey March, 1884
  • Sakhi sey galo kothay March
  • Kotha chhili sajani lo March, 1884
  • O ki katha bolo sakhi chhi chhi March, 1884
  • Madhura milan March, 1884
  • Dekhe ja dekhe ja dekhe ja lo tora March, 1884
  • Ma ekbar danda heri chandranana March, 1884
  • Ma amar keno torey mlana nehari March, 1884
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Bengali new year

April, 1884
Rabindranath composes four (4) Brahmo songs for the occasion of Bengali new year 1291.
  • Rajani pohailo cholechhe jatridal
  • E ki sugandha hillolo bahilo
  • Aji enechhe tanhari ashirvad
  • Barisho dhara majhey
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Kadambari Devi dies

19th April, 1884
Jyotirindranath's wife Kadambari devi, now 25, commits suicide. Rabindranath is heart-broken at this terrible catastrophe. Her death will soon draw from him certain elegiac poems to be included in the anthology Kadi o Komal.
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Jyotirindranath's shipping business

May, 1884
Jyotirindranath starts a short-lived shipping business. The hull of an old ship is refitted by shipbuilders in Kolkata complete with an engine and a superstructure. Now the ferry Sarojini is launched on the Khulna-Barishal route for conveying passengers and goods. Members of the family, Rabindranath included, take a pleasure ride on Sarojini. The business, however, incurs huge losses and swiftly collapses after Sarojini collides with the Howrah Bridge and sinks. Rabindranath writes about it in Jibansmriti.
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Sarojini Prayan

1884
Rabindranath writes in Jibansmriti, "In an effort to introduce indigenous shipping he suddenly bought the bare hull of a ship and later the hull filled, not only with engine and cabins – but with debt and disaster, too". A satirical piece Sarojini Prayan is published in three instalments in the Shraban, Bhadra-Ashwin and Agrahayan issues of Bharati.
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Death of Hemendranath

5th June, 1884
Rabindranath's elder brother, Hemendranath Tagore, Maharshi Debendranath's third son, dies at the age of forty.
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Bharati

June, 1884
It is proposed to wind up the Bharati magazine. Later Dwijendranath resigns as editor, Swarnakumari Devi becomes editor and runs the magazine, laying greater stress on covering scientific subjects.
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Bhanusingha Thakurer Padavali published

1st July, 1884
Rabindranath publishes a remarkable volume of verse written in an archaic but attractive style – Bhanusingha Thakurer Padavali and dedicates it to Kadambari Devi's memory. One thousand copies of the first edition are printed.
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Navajivan & Prachar

July, 1884
Rabindranath contributes pieces to both Navajivan edited by Akshayachandra Sarkar and Prachar edited by Rakhalchandra Banerjee.
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Hatey-Kalamey

26th August, 1884
Rabindranath narrates his essay – Hatey-Kalamey before an audience at Savitri Library.
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Rabindranath as Secretary of Adi Brahmo Samaj

16th September, 1884
Debendranath makes Rabindranath secretary of the Adi Brahmo Samaj – a post he'll continue to hold for many years to come.
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Tattwabodhini

16th September, 1884
Maharshi makes Dwijendranath editor of the Tattwabodhini Patrika.
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Cultural combat

1884
Around this time a cultural combat over theological and allied issues erupts between Tattwabodhini Patrika of the Adi Brahmo Samaj and Bankimchandra. Rabindranath emerges as a notable combatant on the Brahmo side.
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Sanjivani and Bangabashi

1884
Sanjivani is a Brahmo weekly and Bangabashi a neo-Hindu weekly. Rabindranath contributes a few articles and satirical pieces to the former.
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Lord Duffrin as Viceroy of India

13th December, 1884
Lord Rippon is replaced by Lord Duffrin as Viceroy of India.
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Rabichhaya

20th December, 1884
Jogendranath Mitra is busy collecting the poet's songs for his first anthology of songs. The title is suggested by Rabindranath.
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Nalini

1884
In 1884 Rabindranath also publishes Nalini, a musical play.
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