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Delegates of Congress conference felicitated

11th January, 1889
Delegates from Bengal who attended the 4th annual conference of Indian National Congress in Allahabad, including George Yule who was president of the conference, are felicitated at a dinner party hosted by the Tagores at the Jorasanko mansion. Rabindranath plays a prominent part in it.
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Portrait of Maharshi by Painter Archer

January, 1889
J. Archer now does a portrait of Maharshi Debendranath in oil. Rabindranath is present at all the sittings.
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Maghotsav celebrated at Jorasanko

23rd January, 1889
Maghotsav is celebrated as usual at Jorasanko. This time, however, Rabindranath doesn't compose any song for the occasion.
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Peshawar travel plan cancelled

1889
Rabindranath's romantic and fondly nurtured plan for a long trek all the way to Peshawar (now in Pakistan) along Grand Trunk Road is shelved as his friends are not overly fond of it.
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Solapur trip with Madhurilata

February, 1889
Rabindranath travels to Solapur (Maharastra) with daughter Madhurilata, and stays there with Satyendranath. During this sojourn he'll spend four months at Solapur, Pune, and Kirkee.
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Prakash Bedana

18th April, 1889
While at Solapur, Rabindranath writes the poem Prakash Bedana.
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Sukhe thako ar sukhi karo sabe

April, 1889
The poet composes a song at Kirkee (now known as Khadki, near Pune in Maharastra) – Sukhe thako ar sukhi karo sabe as a gift for Biharilal Gupta's daughter Snehalata and Kumudnath Sen's marriage on 2nd May, 1889.
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Poems written in Kirkee

May, 1889
Rabindranath writes three poems in Kirkee (now known as Khadki, near Pune in Maharastra):
  • Maya 14th May, 1889
  • Barshar Dine 16th May, 1889
  • Megher Khela 20th May, 1889
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Satyendranath publishes Bombai Chitra

22nd May, 1889
Satyendranath publishes his Bombai Chitra, and dedicates it to Rabindranath.
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Ramabai

June, 1889
While staying in Kirkee, Rabindranath goes and hears the famous intellectual Ramabai speak. Later he publishes a critical letter in the Bharati o Balak magazine.
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Back in Kolkata

June, 1889
Rabindranath returns to Kolkata from Solapur-Pune-Kirkee visit.
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Rabindranath sees son Rathindranath

12th June, 1889
Delightfully surprised to see son Rathindranath. Writes to Indira Devi,"Seeing Khoka is a very novel experience."
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Brahmo Samaj

13th June, 1889
Rabindranath attends Brahmo Samaj function at Bhawanipur, Kolkata.
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Rabindranath in charge of Tagore family accounts

15th June, 1889
From now on Rabindranath is responsible for supervising the family accounts in Jorasanko.
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Bharati O Balak

July, 1889
Rabindranath writes an article named Nabyabanger Andolon in the June issue of Bharati O Balak, in which he claims that the national movement against British Government is not based on strong foundation. He said that rather than feeling proud of what we get free from the Government, we should build our character first. But Swarnakumari Devi opposes this view in July issue.
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Ramanimohan Chatterjee resigns from Santiniketan Ashram

31st July, 1889
Ramanimohan Chatterjee resigns as a trustee of Santiniketan Ashram.
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Raja o Rani

9th August, 1889
Rabindranath publishes his first five-act blank verse play Raja o Rani, modelled on Shakespeare.
Rabindranath completes this play while in Solapur. 1000 copies printed.
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Becomes a trustee

15th August, 1889
Rabindranath becomes a trustee of Santiniketan Ashram.
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Rabindranath writes six poems, later collected in Manashi

August, 1889
At Jorasanko, Rabindranath writes six poems later collected in Manashi.
  • Dhyan 10th August, 1889
  • Purvakale 17th August, 1889
  • Ananta Prem 17th August, 1889
  • Kshanik Milan 24th August, 1889
  • Atmasamarpana 26th August, 1889
  • Ashanka 29th August, 1889
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Rathindranath's Annaprasana

15th September, 1889
Son Rathindranath's Annaprasana is performed.
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Raja O Rani staged

5th October, 1889
Raja O Rani is performed at the Park St. residence by members of the Tagore family including women. Caste includes Mrinalini Devi and Indira Devi. Rabindranath plays the king.
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Dwijendranath's comment about Raja O Rani

October, 1889
In a letter written to Rabindranath, Dwijendranath would soon say of the play Raja O Rani, "Most pathetic concentrated essence of poetry…really worthy of immortality."
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Rabindranath to look after zamindari estates

November, 1889
Maharshi entrusts Rabindranath with the task of inspecting and managing the zamindari estates in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh).
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Rabindranth with family in Shilaidaha

November, 1889
Rabindranath arrives in Shilaidaha (now in Bangladesh) with Mrinalani Devi and the children. Nephew Balendranth (son of Birendranath) accompanies him. Rabindranath starts living in a boathouse on the river Padma.
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Letter to Indira Devi

November, 1889
In a letter written to Indira Devi, Rabindranath describes the vast, enchanting, riverine landscape, which will soon inaugurate one of the most densely creative phases in his long career as a creative writer.
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Dwipendranath at Congress session

December, 1889
Dwipendranath attends the Congress annual session as a delegate of the British Indian Association.
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Swanakumari at Congress session

December, 1889
Swanakumari Devi attends the Congress annual session as a visitor.
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