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Letter to M. H. Phelps

4th January, 1909
Tagore writes his first English letter to M. H. Phelps. This letter conveys the idea of his famous poem Bharat Tirtha.
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Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and E. B. Havell

10th January, 1909
The poet presides over the monthly meeting of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad. Ernest Binfield Havell, the famous art administrator, art critique and author is felicitated for his contribution to the art of Bengal.
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Debendranath's fourth death anniversary

19th January, 1909
The fourth death anniversary of Maharshi Debendranath Tagore is observed. The poet delivers a lecture titled 'Mrityur Prakash'
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Brahmasangit published

20th January, 1909
A booklet titled Brahmasangit containing 13 brahmasangit of Tagore is published on 20th January. Bengali Library Catalogue records: A collection of devotional songs sung at the 79th anniversary of the Adi Brahma Samaj.
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Maghotsav

24th January, 1909
Poet remains present at the Maghotsav celebration. Reads an article titled 'Dui Iccha' in the morning session at Adi Brahma Samaj. The evening session takes place at the Maharshi Bhavan. 'Naba Yuger Utsav' was title of his lecture at this session.
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Morning session of Maghotsav

24th January, 1909
In the morning session of Maghotsav the following four brahmasangit of the poet are sung
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Evening session of Maghotsav

24th January, 1909
The following nine brahmasangit are sung in the evening session of Maghotsav
  • Aji e ananda-sandhya
  • Baje baje ramya bina
  • Sabar majhare tomare swikar kariba he
  • Aji nahi nahi nidra ankhipate
  • Kotha hate baje prem bedanare 8th June,1904
  • Kata ajanare janaile tumi
  • Kon subhakhane udibe nayane
  • Ekmane tor ektarate 7th February,1906
  • Tumi jata bhar diyecha se bhar
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Santiniketan published

24th January, 1909
The first part of the book Santiniketan is published.
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Goes to Shilaidaha

29th January, 1909
The poet goes to Shilaidaha.
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Shabdatattwa published

2nd February, 1909
The fifteenth part of his collection of prose titled Shabdatattwa is published by Charuchandra Bandyopadhyay of Indian Publishing House, Kolkata and Indian Press, Allahabad.
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Death anniversary of Satishchanda Roy observed

2nd February, 1909
The fifth death anniversary of Satishchandra Roy is observed at Santiniketan ashram.
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Poet returns to Kolkata

3rd February, 1909
Poet returns to Kolkata from Shilaidaha.
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Poet at Santiniketan

12th February, 1909
Poet goes to Santiniketan.
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Lord Sinha

March, 1909
Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha is elected as a member of the cabinet of Viceroy.
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Saratkumar Chakraborty

April, 1909
Saratkumar Chakraborty, the son-in-law of Rabindranath, returns from England as a Barrister and starts his career as a practicing lawyer at Calcutta Highcourt.
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Goes to Kalka via Allahabad

9th May, 1909
Poet goes to Kalka with his daughter Mira for a change. On his way, halts at Allahabad, stays as a guest of Nagendranath Gupta, delivers lecture at Anglo Bengali School.
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Leaves Kalka

19th May, 1909
Leaves Kalka.
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Back to Santiniketan

8th June, 1909
Poet returns to Santiniketan.
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Santiniketan, Vol. 8

15th June, 1909
The 8th volume of Santiniketan is published.
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Girls' school at Santiniketan

12th July, 1909
Foundation of the Girls' school at Santiniketan.
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Poet at Shilaidaha

July, 1909
Poet goes to Shilaidaha with the purpose of completing Gora.
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Composes two songs at Shilaidaha

13th July, 1909
During his stay at Shilaidaha he composed two songs Aji jharer rate tomar abhisar and Asaar sandhya ghanie elo.
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Problems at Santiniketan school

July, 1909
A number of problems at Santiniketan school makes the Poet anxious. Girls' school comes to an end.
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Meets friends

July, 1909
Poet meets Jagadishchandra Bose, Charuchandra Bandyopadhyay and Ajitkumar Chakraborty, his friends, at Shilaidaha.
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Gora

July, 1909
Completes his novel Gora.
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Returns to Kolkata

15th August, 1909
Rabindranath reaches Kolkata from Shilaidaha.
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Ananda Coomaraswamy

18th August, 1909
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), famous Ceylonese Tamil philosopher, metaphysician and art critique delivers a lecture on national education at the National College at 166 Bowbazar Street. Rabindranath presides over this lecture session.
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18 songs composed

26th August, 1909
Poet composes 18 songs between 26th August and 3rd September
  • Jani jani kon adi kal hote 26th August,1909
  • Tumi kemon kore gan karo he guni 26th August,1909
  • Amon aral diye lukiye gele cholbe na 27th August,1909
  • Jadi tomar dekha na pai prabhu 28th August,1909
  • Heri aharaha tomari biraha 28th August,1909
  • Ar nai re bela namla chhaya 29th August,1909
  • Aj bari jhare jhara jhara 30th August,1909
  • Prabhu toma lagi ankhi jage 30th August,1909
  • Dhane jane achi jaraye hay 31st August,1909
  • Ei to tomar prem, ogo 1st September,1909
  • Ami hethay thaki sudhu gaite tomar gan 1st September,1909
  • Dao he amar bhoy bhenge dao 1st September,1909
  • Abar era ghiriche mor man 1st September,1909
  • Amar milan lagi tumi 1st September,1909
  • Eso he eso, sajal ghana 2nd September,1909
  • Parbi naki jog dite ei chhande re 3rd September,1909
  • Nishar swapan chhutla re, ei chhutla re 3rd September,1909
  • Sharate aj kon atithi 3rd September,1909
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Rathindranath returns to India

5th September, 1909
Rathindranath returns to India after 3 years of study in the US.
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Ja hariye jay ta agle base raiba kata ar

17th September, 1909
Composes a song on the way to Surul--Ja hariye jay ta agle base raiba kata ar.
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Ramendrasundar Trivedi's lecture

18th September, 1909
Goes to Bangiya Sahitya Parishat to listen to Ramendrasundar Trivedi's lecture.
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Discourse at Brahma Samaj

20th September, 1909
Gives a discourse at the Devalaya of Brahma Samaj on "What we should aim at?"
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At Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

26th September, 1909
Presides over a students' meeting at Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and gives a talk.
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Rammohan's death anniversary observed

27th September, 1909
Presides over the 76th death anniversary of Rammohan Ray at City College. Delivers a lecture on the place of Rammohan in Indian culture.
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Chayanika published

28th September, 1909
Chayanika, a compilation of his poems and songs, gets published with 7 illustrations by Nandalal Bose.
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University Institute Hall

28th September, 1909
Presides over a lecture session of Ustad Enayet Khan at University Institute Hall and sings Tumi keman kore gan karo he guni, composed on 26th August. Rabindranath speaks at length about the philosophy of music.
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Santiniketan with Surendranath and Saratkumar

2nd October, 1909
Goes to Santiniketan with nephew Surendranath Tagore and Saratkumar Chakraborty, son-in-law.
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Ei malin bastra charte habe

5th October, 1909
Composes a song--Ei malin bastra charte habe.
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Returns to Kolkata

8th October, 1909
Poet returns to Kolkata.
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To Shilaidaha with Rathindranath

10th October, 1909
To Shilaidaha with Rathindranath.
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Gaye amar pulak lage

11th October, 1909
Composes a song--Gaye amar pulak lage.
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Prabhu aji tomar dakshin hasta

13th October, 1909
Prabhu aji tomar dakshin hasta is composed and sent to Ajitkumar Chakraborty for the ensuing Rakhibandhan utsav.
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Prayaschitta

15th October, 1909
Dramatised version of Bou Thakuranir Hat is published as Prayaschitta.
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Jagate anandajajne amar nimantran

16th October, 1909
On the day of Rakhibandhan Rabindranath composes--Jagate anandajajne amar nimantran.
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Returns at evening

16th October, 1909
Returns to Kolkata in the evening.
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Jnanendranarayan Roy

18th October, 1909
Due to financial constraints Jnanendranarayan Roy, a teacher of the school, is released from his responsibilities.
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Santiniketan

23rd October, 1909
Goes to Santiniketan.
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Back to Kolkata

5th November, 1909
Again comes back to Kolkata.
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To Patisar with Rathindranath

13th November, 1909
Starts for Patisar via Shilaidaha with Rathindranath. This trip is planned to introduce Rathindranath with the Tagore estates of Rajshahi district, now in Bangladesh.
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Returns to Kolkata

28th November, 1909
Returns to Kolkata from Patisar via Goyalanda.
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Jagadishchandra's 50th birth anniversary celebrated

30th November, 1909
Attends Jagadish Chandra Bose's 50th birth anniversary at his residence at Parshibagan.
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Overtoon Hall Lecture

1st December, 1909
Delivers a lecture in Bengali in the Overtoun Hall. The title of the lecture iss Tapoban, later published in the Poush issue of Prabasi.
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English translation published

1st December, 1909
Modern Review publishes the English translation of Tagore's story Samasyapuran with the title The Riddle Solved by Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay.
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Aloy alokmay kore he

6th December, 1909
Composes a song--Aloy alokmay kore he.
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Tumi amader pita

8th December, 1909
Being requested by Kshitimohan Sen, Rabindranath starts translation of Vedic hymns into Bengali. The first translates of the Vedic hymn Pita nohsi as Tumi amader pita. This would be the opening song of the next year's (1910) Maghotsav. Translates 10 more hymns into Bengali .
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Pausha utsav

22nd December, 1909
19th annual festival held in Santiniketan. Rabindranath delivers two lectures on the occasion--Utsav and Bhakta.
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Bisarjan staged

December, 1909
Bisarjan is staged as part of the Pausha utsav. Rabindranath trains actors and designs costumes.
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Two songs composed

25th December, 1909
Rabindranath composes two songs on 25th & 27th December.
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Two poems

27th December, 1909
Writes two poems
  • Akashtale uthlo phute
  • Hethay tini kol petechen
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