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Curzon

3rd January, 1899
New viceroy Lord Curzon arrives in Kolkata.
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Maharaja of Natore

14th January, 1899
Invited by the Tagores, Jagadindranath Roy dines at Jorasanko.
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Maharaja of Tripura comes to dinner

17th January, 1899
Radhakishore Manikya comes to dinner at Jorasanko.
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Second visit of Maharaja of Natore

28th January, 1899
Maharaja of Natote,Jagadindranath Roy, pays a second visit and dines at Jorasanko.
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Rabindranath visits to Radhakishore Manikya

January, 1899
Sees him a couple of times (8th and 27th January) at Radhakishore Manikya's Kolkata residence.
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History journal - Oitihasik Chitra

January, 1899
Oitihasik Chitra edited by Akshayakumar, published with Rabi's introduction.
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Mandirabhimukhe

January, 1899
In Pradip's Poush (Dec-Jan) issue Rabindranath writes a significant article Mandirabhimukhe surveying the contemporary state of fine arts in the country. Earlier in the Bharati (Ashad issue) in 1898 he praised Ganpat Kashinath Mahatre's sculpture.
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Maghotsav celebrated at Maharshibhavan and Adi Brahmasamaj temple

24th January, 1899
Celebrated at Maharshibhavan and Adi Brahmasamaj temple. In the morning session songs composed by Rabindanath are sung.
  • Vimala anande jago 24th January, 1899
  • Pipasa haay nahi mitilo 24th January, 1899
  • Tumi kachhe nai bole 24th January, 1899
  • Nayana tomare paayna dekhite - Aakhar jukto 24th January, 1899
  • Din phuralo hey sansari 24th January, 1899
  • Madhuro roope birajo hey 24th January, 1899
  • Chira sakha, chhero na morey 24th January, 1899
  • Majhe Majhe taba dekha 24th January, 1899
  • Hridaya basana purna 24th January, 1899
  • Ohey jibana ballabha 24th January, 1899
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Brahmasanmelan

28th January, 1899
Held at Jorasanko in Maharshi's presence. Rabindranath sings--Base achhi hey kabe
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Tea party

28th January, 1899
Rabindranath goes to a tea party given by sister Nivedita at her invitation. Rabindranath and Vivekananda meet in the tea party. Rabindranath singsBela galo tomar patha cheye – to Nivedita's delight.
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Leaves for Kusthia to inspect estate

2nd February, 1899
Rabindranath leaves for Kusthia to inspect the estates there, most probably with family. Elaborate arrangements made for the journey.
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Tenants of the Tagore estates suffer at Kaligram

February, 1899
Tenants of the Tagore estates at Kaligram suffer extensive damage to their crops due to natural causes around this time.
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Letter to Saileshchandra

February, 1899
Rabindranath writes to the estate manager Saileshchandra to be flexible in his approach and treat the tenants leniently in collecting dues from them at this critical moment. This at once highlights his eminently humane and rational approach to the problems of his tenants which will often come to the fore in the years ahead.
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Manufacture Silk locally

February, 1899
In one of these letters he also mentions his efforts to manufacture silk locally and engage the local boys in this enterprise.
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Sericulture

February, 1899
In a letter written to Jagadish Chandra months later he will describe his earnest and active efforts to start sericulture in Shilaidaha.
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Nivedita reads article on 'Kali-worship'

13th February, 1899
Reads an article on 'Kali-worship' before a distinguished audience at Albert hall.
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Nivedita meets Maharshi

14th February, 1899
Meets Maharshi in Jorasanko.
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Vivekananda meets Maharshi

19th February, 1899
Vivekananda and Nivedita meet the Maharshi again in Jorasanko.
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Wedding of Indira Devi

28th February, 1899
Indira Devi marries Pramatha Chowdhuri. Rabindranath and family at Jorasanko to attend the wedding. Nivedita is invited to the wedding and comes to Jorasanko on 26th, 28th February and 2nd March.
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Dishonesty of Nishikanta

12th March, 1899
Rabindranath's letter to Basanta Kumar Gupta written around this period reveal that the Company has suffered huge losses in its Barishal operations due to the incompetence and perhaps dishonesty of one Nishikanta who's in charge of Barishal. The poet is in somewhat straitened circumstances. In the same context he has written another letter to Basanta Kumar Gupta on 17th May.
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Leaves for Tripura

24th March, 1899
Leaves Kolkata for his first visit to Tripura.
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Dol-purnima in Tripura

27th March, 1899
The poet feted at a gala event during Dol-purnima in Tripura.
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Bengali year 1306

13th April, 1899
Rabindranath spends the Bengali New Year’s Day (13th April) in Shilaidaha.
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Resigns as editor

April, 1899
He resigns as editor of Bharati.
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New editor

April, 1899
Niece Sarala Devi is the new editor.
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Sahitya Magazine

April, 1899
His relations with this magazine are strained.
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Tripura

April, 1899
Requested by the Maharaja, Rabindranath tries to find a doctor and a teacher for service in Tripura.
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Poet turns 39

7th May, 1899
The poet turns 39 today and writes the much-discussed poem Ashesh.
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Balendranath's health condition deteriorates

May, 1899
Over-exertion on his part to achieve the union of Adi Brahmasamaj and Aryasamaj and anxiety over the crippling losses suffered by Tagore & Co severely affects Balendranath's health who is already suffering from tuberculosis.
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Rabindranath worries

May, 1899
Rabindranath too, has more than his fair share of financial worries due to the same reasons.
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Brings Rathindranath to Kolkata

May, 1899
Brings Rathindranath back to Kolkata who is ill. He also wants to look after the ailing Balendranath.
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Maharshi is 83

16th May, 1899
Debendranath's 83rd birthday celebrated. Nivedita goes to see him and offers pranam.
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Loan of 40,000/- rupees

May, 1899
Priyanath Sen, this close friend of the poet, now tries to secure a loan of Rs 40,000/- for Rabindranath.
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Letter to Jagadish Chandra

26th May, 1899
Rabindranath writes to Jagadish Chandra that he is carrying a number of mythological themes for poems in his head, but they are not ripe enough as yet and he is going to have to wait a little longer.
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Prabhatkumar acknowledges his debt

1899
Prabhatkumar is now writing fine stories and gratefully acknowledges his debt to Rabindranath.
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Collecting funds for Hemchandra Bandopadhyay

July, 1899
Rabindranath instrumental in organising and collecting funds for the noted poet Hemchandra Bandopadhyay, who has gone blind in old age and shifted to Benaras because he finds Kolkata too expensive to live in.
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Gratitude for Hemchandra

29th July, 1899
Hemchandra writes to Rabindranath to express his gratitude.
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Potato crop

1899
Rabindranath actively promotes growing potato on his estate in a big way with the advice, seeds and machinery provided by Dwijendralal; Dwijendralal himself comes over to supervise the experiment but the efforts do not succeed.
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Writing Chokher Bali

1899
He is now engaged in writing Chokher Bali – the first major novel of his career.
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Maharshi's Last Will

August, 1899
Spends more than a month in Kolkata, Maharshi's Last Will and Testament is being finalised.
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Balendranath dies

19th August, 1899
Balendranath passes away.
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Tagore & Co

19th August, 1899
As a result of Balendranath's death, Rabindranath, now the sole partner is alone responsible for all the liabilities of the company.
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Tagore & Co

19th August, 1899
As a result of Balendranath's death, Rabindranath, now the sole partner is alone responsible for all the liabilities of the company.
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Loan to pay the debts

25th August, 1899
At last he is able to secure a hefty loan of Rs 40,000/- at 7% interest to pay the debts incurred by the company (Tagore & Co.). He will pay this loan by borrowing a similar amount of money from Sir Taraknath Palit which will be cleared only with the prize money of the Nobel award years later.
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Letter to Mrinalini about Balendranath's mother, Prafullamoyee

28th August, 1899
In this letter, perhaps in an unguarded moment Rabindranath criticises his bereaved sister-in-law – Balendra's mother, Prafullamoyee, thus,"Nabouthan has lost her only son and her only bonding with the world. Yet the way she involves herself in monetary transactions, buying and selling day and night both confounds and disgusts everybody...” It's perfectly natural for Prafullamoyee to act the way she does considering that her only son is dead and she is saddled with the responsibility of looking after not only herself, but also her widowed daughter-in-law and mentally ill husband Birendranath. In his Will Debendranath leaves nothing for his unfortunate son Birendranath save a paltry monthly allowance of Rs 100/- per head which the family receives after Maharshi's death from short-sighted trustees including Rabindranath.
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Debendranath's last will

8th September, 1899
Signs his last Will and Testament.
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Rabindranath is one of the executers

8th September, 1899
Is one of the three executors, the others being Dwipendranath and Surendranath.
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Returns to Shilaidaha

19th September, 1899
Returns to Shilaidaha after a long stay in Kolkata.
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Jyotirindranath

18th October, 1899
Publishes his Bengali translation of Kalidas's Abhigyanam Sakuntalam.
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Poetry

October, 1899
In a fine creative spurt he now writes several poems based on the legends in Dr. Rajendralal Mitra's The Sanskrit Buddhist Literature of Nepal.
  • Pujarini 4th October, 1899
  • Abhisar 5th October, 1899
  • Parisodh 9th October, 1899
  • Bisarjan 10th October, 1899
  • Samanya Kshati 11th October, 1899
  • Mulyaprapti 12th October, 1899
  • Nagarlakshmi 13th October, 1899
  • Apaman-bar based on Bhaktamal 14th October, 1899
  • Swamilabh 15th October, 1899
  • Sparshamani 15th October, 1899
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Katha

1899
Over the next two months writes poems of a dramatic nature based on memorable historical events drawn from James Todd's The Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan and Cunningham's History of The Sikhs. These poems are collected in the anthology Katha.
  • Mani 17th October, 1899
  • Prarthanatita Daan 18th October, 1899
  • Rajvichar 20th October, 1899
  • Shesh Shiksha 22nd October, 1899
  • Nakal Gad 23rd October, 1899
  • Hori Khela 25th October, 1899
  • Vidroha 27th October, 1899
  • Panraksha November, 1899
  • Bandi vir 15th November, 1899
  • Vicharak 19th November, 1899
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Kanika

November, 1899
This anthology consisting of 110 short, epigramatic poems, published.
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Rabindranath as a member of Jury

3rd December, 1899
Rabindranath comes in Kolkata to act as a member of the jury of a case being heard in the High Court. He probably returns to Shilaidaha on 8th December.
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Comes to Santiniketan

21st December, 1899
The poet in Santiniketan to attend the annual Brahma festival.
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Brahmavidyalaya in Santiniketan

21st December, 1899
Satyendranath declares open the Brahmavidyalaya planned by the late Balendranath.
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Kangalicharan Sen

21st December, 1899
Engaged as the singer of the Adi Brahmasamaj. In the days ahead he will play a very useful role in transcribing the notations of Rabindranath's songs.
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Kolkata

22nd December, 1899
Rabindranath back in Kolkata.
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Punarvasanta (A transformed version of old play Manmayee )

23rd December, 1899
This musical play written by Jyotirindranath performed by the members of the Bharat Sangeet Samaj. The poet contributes quite a few songs to the play.
  • Eso eso Vasanta e kanane 23rd December, 1899
  • E ki akulata bhubane 23rd December, 1899
  • Kotha chhili sajani lo 23rd December, 1899
  • Sei to Vasanta phire elo 23rd December, 1899
  • Bane eman phool phutechhe 23rd December, 1899
  • Oki katha bala sakhi 23rd December, 1899
  • Ha sakhi, o adare 23rd December, 1899
  • Sakha, sadhite sadhate 23rd December, 1899
  • De lo sakhi de 23rd December, 1899
  • Eto phool ke photale 23rd December, 1899
  • Dekho, oi ke esechhe 23rd December, 1899
  • Se aase dhire 23rd December, 1899
  • Aha jagi pohalo 23rd December, 1899
  • tumi jeyo na ekhani 23rd December, 1899
  • Hridayer mani, adarini mor 23rd December, 1899
  • Sundara hridiranjana tumi 23rd December, 1899
  • Madhura milan 23rd December, 1899
  • Aaj ankhi judalo 23rd December, 1899
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