Rabisarani Rabisarani

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Writes a poem

1st January, 1939
In the same serio-comic vein writes Samayhara.
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Tripura connection

9th January, 1939
The king of Tripura Bir Vikram Kishore Manikya formally received by the poet on his visit to Santiniketan who mentions the numerous bonds of affection and friendship that exist between Santiniketan and Tripura in his welcome address.
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Chandalika performed

9th January, 1939
Chandalika performed in honour of the maharaja who donates Rs 20000/- for Sangeet Bhavan.
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Performance of Dance-dramas

12th January, 1939
The poet gets busy revising Shyama,Chandalika and Tasher Desh which are to be performed in Kolkata next month. Writes to Amiyachandra--" I am burdened with the rehearsal of three plays."
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Subhaschandra reelected

21st January, 1939
Subhaschandra reelected Congress president for a second term in the teeth of stiff opposition from the Gandhian camp -- arrives. Accorded due reception at Bolpur and Santiniketan. Meets the poet.
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Jawaharlal Nehru visits Santiniketan

31st January, 1939
Jawaharlal Nehru also visits Santiniketan, stays for three days and inaugurates Hindi-Bhavana with Rabindranath and Andrews attending the ceremony.
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Subhaschandra pays a second visit

2nd February, 1939
Subhaschandra pays a second visit to Santiniketan and holds a dialogue with Nehru in the poet's presence.
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Rajendraprasad presides

6th February, 1939
Veteran Congress leader from Bihar visits Santiniketan and presides over the anniversary festivities of Sriniketan.
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Lord Bishop Metropolitan

6th February, 1939
Lord Bishop Metropolitan of Kolkata also pays a visit to Santiniketan.
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Poet is in Kolkata

February, 1939
The Poet is in Kolkata. Sees the performance of Shyama, Chandalika and Tasher Desh at Sri Theatre (07.02.1939-10.02.1939)
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Tasher Desh dedicated to Subhaschandra

February, 1939
The revised Tasher Desh is dedicated to Subhaschandra.
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Visva-Bharati Sammilani launched

12th February, 1939
The Poet formally launches Visva-Bharati Sammilani as a cultural and literary club.
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Back in Santiniketan

13th February, 1939
The Poet is back in Santiniketan to receive Raja of Awagarh--Suryapal Singh, an unassuming patron of Santiniketan.
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Mayar Khela staged

1939
Parts of this play are staged with dance and songs in Santiniketan on the occasion of Dolpurnima.
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Subhaschandra's relation with Congress High Command

1939
Meanwhile Subhaschandra's relation with the Congress high command is deteriorating.
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Amita Sen joins Sangeet Bhavan

1939
Amita Sen, an alumna of the Vidyalaya, now joins Sangeet Bhavan as a teacher and to a considerable extent fills the void created by the deaths of Dinendranath and Rama Kar.
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Congress

10th March, 1939
53rd session held at Tripuri. The rift between Subhas and Gandhians widens. Subhas reelected, Gandhiji dismayed and indignant.
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Vallatholi visits Santiniketan

14th March, 1939
Vallatholi,the major Malayalam poet of Kerala, is on a visit to Santiniketan. Performs Kathakali with Kerala Kalamandalam group.
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Gandhiji on hunger strike

March, 1939
Gandhiji is on hunger-strike in Rajkot to protest the Maharaja's failure to carry out promised administrative reforms. In his address delivered on the day of Dolpurnima, Rabindranath speaks about it.
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Rabindranath dismayed

March, 1939
The Poet is no less indignant at the way the Congress high command is stonewalling Subhas.
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Rabindranath hits out

17th March, 1939
The Poet writes to Amiyachandra, castigating the cult of hero-worship in the Congress--"At last victorious chants for Hitlerite policies emanated today, loud and clear even from the Congress platform…"
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Writes poems

March, 1939
Writes Prajapati and Dhakira Dhak Bajai --the latter a protest against increasing crimes against women in Bengal.
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Poem for Canada

1st April, 1939
Requested by the Canadian government, writes the poem Awan. Recites the English translation and it is broadcast by Ottawa Radio on 29th May.
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Bengali new year's day

15th April, 1939
Bengali New Year’s Day celebrated. The Poet inaugurates Dinantika tea-club in memory of Dinendranath Tagore at the newly constructed house of the same name with interior decoration planned by Nandalal Bose and Surendranath Kar and executed by their students.
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Visits Orissa

18th April, 1939
Invited by the new Congress government of the state, Rabindranath visits Orissa.
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Subhaschandra resigns

April, 1939
Subhaschandra quits as Congress president at a meeting of the All India Congress Committee held in Kolkata.
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Poet admires Subhaschandra

4th May, 1939
The poet has already written the article Deshnayaka about him. He sends a telegram to him which says--"The dignity and forbearance which you have shown in the midst of a most aggravating situation has won my admiration and confidence in your leadership."
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Celebrates Birthday in Puri

9th May, 1939
Stays at Puri for about 3 weeks. Birthday celebrated with great flourish at Government Park with prime minister Viswanath Das presiding and thousands attending.
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Honorary title conferred

May, 1939
Honorary title Paramaguru conferred on him by the Raja of Puri.
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Writes poems

1939
Writes Janmadin, Prabashi, Eparey Oparey, Atyukti in Puri (April-May, 1939)
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Congress

1939
Congress is now the strongest political party in the country and has formed governments in 8 provinces under the new power-sharing arrangement. But the uncouth power struggle inside the party has already resulted in the ouster of Subhaschandra from the office of party president. But with his vigorous initiatives and positive activism, Subhas has already won the poet's warm affection who now reposes great faith in his ability to lead the people.
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Summer vacation

1939
Spends a month at Mungpoo as Maitreyi Devi's guest (17th May - 17th June)
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Composes poems

1939
Rewrites old pieces and composes new poems at Mungpoo which include--Karnadhar, Sade nata, Manashi, Udbritta, Smritir Bhumika, Parichay.
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Letters to Amiya Chakrabarty

1939
In two letters written to Amiya Chakrabarty (Orissar Atithi and Congress-later published in the Prabashi) around this time, he unerringly lays his finger on the malady inside the Congress and makes almost prophetic statements about the alarming state of the country.
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Santiniketan

19th June, 1939
Returns and starts living in Sriniketan Kuthi.
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Collected works of the Poet

1939
Preparations are on in full swing in the publication department of Visva-Bharati to publish the first volume of the Visva-Bharati edition of the poet's complete and collected works.
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Returns to the ashram

17th July, 1939
Emerges from Kuthi and returns to the ashram.
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Sriniketan reforms

July, 1939
Administrative reforms in Sriniketan introduced. Dhirendramohan Sen is now in charge of both Sikshasatra and Sikshacharcha.
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Santiniketan

July, 1939
Sikshabhavana and Pathbhavana separated. Anilkumar Chanda now in charge of the latter.
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Ratri

26th July, 1939
Writes the poem Ratri.
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Visit from Maharaja of Awagarh

August, 1939
Maharaja Suryapal Singh of Awagarh spends a fortnight at Santiniketan as the poet's guest.
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Vriksharopana

13th August, 1939
A sapling of the Bodhidruma of Gaya is brought to Santiniketan by the Hungarian artist Mrs. Brunner and planted in the premises of China-Bhavana.
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Dakghar revised

August, 1939
Revises the Dakghar written long years ago with a view to staging it again. It is in rehearsal, but the performance fails to take place mainly because of the poet's frail health.
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New Songs added to Dakghar

August, 1939
Adds new songs to the play.
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Foundation of Mahajati-Sadan

18th August, 1939
At Subhaschandra's invitation lays the foundation of Mahajati-Sadan in Kolkata (the name of the proposed building was also chosen by the poet).
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Jawaharlal calls on the poet

19th August, 1939
Prior to his China visit, Jawarharlal calls on the poet at Jorasanko. Recently the poet wrote to him in connection with the proposed visit--"I cannot help hoping that as a messenger of from India's youth you would give strength to the historic forces of Asiatic unity, bringing new urge of neighbourly understanding to our Eastern peoples."
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Geetotsav organised

18th August, 1939
Geetotsav organised by Visva-Bharati Sammilani.
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Subhaschandra expelled

August, 1939
Feud inside the Congress takes an ugly turn, Subhas is expelled from the party.
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Santiniketan

21st August, 1939
The Poet returns to Santiniketan.
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Writes new songs

August, 1939
Writes new songs for varshamangal.
  • Ogo Sanotali chhele
  • Badal-diner prathama kadam phool
  • Aaji tomay abar chai
  • Eso go, jweley diye jao
  • aaji jharo jharo mukharo badal diney
  • Aaj sravaner gaganer gay
  • Swapne amar maney holo
  • Sesh gaaneri resh
  • Esechhiley tabu aso nai
  • Esechhinu dwarey tabo
  • Nibid megher chhayay
  • Amar jedin bhese
  • Pagla hawar badal diney
  • aaji megh kete gechhey
  • saghana gahana ratri
  • Ogo tumi panchadashi
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Varshamangal performed

27th August, 1939
Varshamangal performed. Sailajaranjan Majumdar was in charge of rehearsals.
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Halakarshana performed

29th August, 1939
Halakarshana performed at Sriniketan. Poet speaks on the occasion.
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Delivers lecture

29th August, 1939
In the evening delivers the lecture Gadyakavya to the students of Santiniketan.
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Statement issued

8th September, 1939
The leading lights of Bengal led by the poet issue a statement at this juncture putting first the interests of the country and democracy.
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Contribution to Commemoration volume

September, 1939
Poet contributes to the Commemoration volume edited by Dr.S. Radhakrishnan in celebration of Gandhiji's 70th birthday.
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Poet in Mungpoo

1939
Spends a couple of months in Mungpoo (12th September - 9th November) This time too, Maitreyi Devi is his hostess.
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The Poet paints & writes

1939
In Mungpoo Rabindranath paints, writes poems such as Narir Kartabya and the story Seshkatha.
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Santiniketan

11th November, 1939
The Poet is back in Santiniketan.
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Pathabhavana

November, 1939
Krishna Kripalani assumes charge of Pathabhavana.
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Finland attacked

30th November, 1939
Russia attacks Finland. Rabindranath condemns the attack.
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Poet is in Kolkata

15th December, 1939
The poet is in Kolkata.Inaugurates Food and Nutrition Exhibition of Calcutta Corporation and speaks briefly on the occasion.
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Leaves for Medinipore

15th December, 1939
The Poet leaves for Medinipore with Jadunath Sarkar, Ramananda Chatterji, Sajanikanta Das, Tarasankar Bannerji,etc.
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Vidyasagar Smritimandir

16th December, 1939
Poet inaugurates Vidyasagar Smritimandir. Delivers a short speech.
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Civic Reception organised

17th December, 1939
Medinipore Municipality organises civic reception in the poet's honour at Smritimandir and presents him with an address.
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Telegram to Gandhiji

20th December, 1939
Sends cable to Gandhiji urging Congress to "immediately remove ban against Subhas and invite his cordial cooperation…"
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Chinese guest

21st December, 1939
Noted Chinese artist Ju Peon arrives in Santiniketan as visiting Professor of fine Art.
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Gandhiji replies

22nd December, 1939
Gandhiji sends cable in reply, expressing the inability of the Congress to remove ban on Subhas on disciplinary grounds.
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Poush Utsav held

23rd December, 1939
Poush Utsav held in the ashram. Rabindranath delivers the sermon Antardevata.
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Song composed for Christmas

25th December, 1939
Song composed by the poet on Christ's self-sacrifice for humanity, is sung at the service which Andrews conducts (incidentally his last service).
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Wedding takes place

30th December, 1939
Nandini-adopted daughter of Pratima devi- and Rathindranath marries Ajitsingh Morarji Khatau of Bombay.
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Collected Works published

1939
The first volume of his complete and collected works (Visva-Bharati edition) published.
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