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Rabindranath's 17 songs for Maghotsav

24th January, 1888
The annual Maghotsav festival is held as usual. Rabindranath composes 17 songs for the morning (8 songs) and evening (9 songs) prayers:
  • Tumi apani jagao morey
  • Nutan Prana dao, pranasakha
  • Jagrata viswa-kolahala majhey
  • Kamoney phiriya jao na
  • Sabey ananda karo
  • Hey mon tanre dekho
  • Aaji heri sansara amritayamaya
  • Tomari ichhha houk purna
  • Sranta keno ohe pantha
  • Purna ananda purna
  • Ashima akashe aganya kirana
  • Achho antarey chiradeen
  • Jagatey tumi raja
  • Jarajara praney natha
  • Jagitey habey re
  • Natha hey, premapathey
  • Hridaya vedana bahiya
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Painting of Rabindranath and Bela

January, 1888
An English painter, most probably J. Archer, paints a picture of Rabindranath with baby Bela on his lap from December 1887 to January 1888. He remarks to Mahimchandra Devbarman of Tripura that Rabindranath's face is Christ-like. When Rabindranath will tour Europe later in 1926, his graceful appearance will remind people of Christ.
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Ghazipur trip and Debendranath Sen

February, 1888
Around the middle of February Rabindranath goes to Ghazipur (UP) with wife and daughter. He develops friendship with the poet Debendranath Sen (1858 – 1920), who had a MA in English and by profession was a lawyer in Allahabad High Court. Debendranath Sen is known to people for his creations like Phulbala, Urmila, Nirjharini etc.
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Jyotirindranath and Indira Devi in Ghazipur

February, 1888
Jyotirindranath and Indira Devi also arrive in Ghazipur.
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Poems for Manashi

February, 1888
Rabindranath writes quite a few poems, later collected in Manashi.
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Santiniketan Ashram

March, 1888
Maharshi executes a trust deed setting forth the aims and ideals of the Santiniketan Ashram. Dwipendranath Tagore (son of Dwijendranath Tagore), Ramanimohan Chatterjee and Priyanath Shastri are trustees. Allots property worth Rs. 18,000 to the Ashram to fund its activities.
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Maharshi's Darjeeling visit

May, 1888
Maharshi goes to Darjeeling, doesn't find the climate congenial, returns to Kolkata.
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Samiti

May, 1888
Rabindranath takes the initiative to set up Brahmo Samiti to further consolidate the samaj and its activities.
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The Pond at Jorasanko house

May, 1888
The pond situated within the precincts of the Jorasanko house and fondly mentioned in the Jibansmriti has been filled up by this time.
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Rabindranath's Birthday celebration

May, 1888
Though Rabindranath is probably away from Kolkata, his birthday is celebrated, mainly by cousin Satyaprasad.
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Rabindranath is back in Kolkata

7th July, 1888
Rabindranath returns to Kolkata bringing back Indira Devi and Surendranath from Ghazipur.
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Rabindranath goes back to Ghazipur

10th August, 1888
Goes back to Gazipur with Swarnakumari Devi and Sarala.
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Songs at Ghazipur

August, 1888
Songs fill the days in Ghazipur. Sarala considerably benefits from Rabindranath's style of singing. She will later write,"…… I was already familiar with melodies, but got to know their inner spirit in Ghazipur."
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Returns to Kolkata

September, 1888
They are back in Kolkata around the middle of September.
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Rabindranath praises Doarkin

22nd September, 1888
In a letter written to them Rabindranath praises the musical instrument company Doarkin (still running) of Calcutta for the excellent harmoniums they make.
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Santiniketan Ashram is established

19th October, 1888
The Santiniketan Ashram is established. A large group of Brahmo followers from Kolkata including Rabindranath arrives to attend the ceremony.
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Family Memoirs

3rd November, 1888
Parivarik Smritilipi or Family Memoirs inaugurated. Members of the family are free to write in it whatever they like. Rabindranath will write many short pieces in it.
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Birth of Rathindranath

27th November, 1888
Rabindranath's son Rathindranath is born.
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Mayar Khela published

22nd December, 1888
Rabindranath's musical play Mayar Khela is published.
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Mayar Khela staged at Bethune College

29th December, 1888
The play Mayar Khela is staged at Bethune College, Kolkata. All the roles are played by the women of the Tagore family, including Indira Devi. Rabindranath supervises the whole production.
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