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Alexandra David-Neel

2nd January, 1912
Alexandra David-Neel, French explorer and writer who will later win international fame for her path-breaking work on Tibet has arrived in India. From her book L'Inde où j'ai vecu it is found that she goes to Jorasanko, gets to know the poet and Santiniketan and starts living there.
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Patisar

12th January, 1912
Leaves Kolkata for Patisar.
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Supervising estates

January, 1912
Spends some busy days there supervising estates.
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Pitar Bodh and Dharmer Nabajug

January, 1912
Nevertheless manages to write the essays Pitar Bodh and Dharmer Nabajug.
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Maghotsav

25th January, 1912
Poet in Kolkata. Reads Pitar Bodh in the morning session of prayers at the Adi Brahmasamaj Griha.
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Reads Dharmer Nabayug

25th January, 1912
Reads Dharmer Nabayug in the evening at Maharshibhawan.
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Dharmer Adhikar

26th January, 1912
Reads this article the next day at the Sadharan Brahmosamaj Mandir.
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Hindu dharma

26th January, 1912
Sheds light on the later deterioration of the once large-hearted and noble Hindu dharma.
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Secret Circular

26th January, 1912
The Bengalee newspaper blows the lid off a secret circular issued by Mr. Sharp – DPI which inter-alia states that the poet's school "…is a place altogether unsuitable for the education of the sons of Government servants…"
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Withdraw students from Santiniketan school

26th January, 1912
Bengali bhadralok government servants are thus compelled to withdraw their sons from the school.
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Addresses assembly in Bhawanipore Brahma Samaj

27th January, 1912
Poet addresses the assembly in the evening prayer session of the Samaj at its 82nd annual festival.
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Felicitation of the poet

28th January, 1912
The long-awaited felicitation of the poet at last held by Bangiya Sahitya Parishat at Town Hall with great flourish.
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Ivory scroll

28th January, 1912
Rabindranath is presented with an ivory scroll with the citation inscribed on it.
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Poet felicitated by the Students' wing

2nd February, 1912
A students' wing established at the poet's suggestion under the aegis of the Parishat, felicitates the poet at a ceremony held at the Parishat Bhavan.
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Students perform Baikunther Khata

3rd February, 1912
Rabindranath now felicitated by the felicitation committee of the Parishat. Student members of the University Institute perform Baikunther Khata on this occasion.
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Abhibhasan

3rd February, 1912
On this occasion the poet reads a long essay called Abhibhasan, later printed in the Phalgun issue of the Bharati.
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Statement from poet

3rd February, 1912
It is a memorable statement of intent and he says without any equivocation that he has never pandered to popular taste and presented in his writings only what he considered worthy of presentation in literature.
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Poet meets Count Hermann Keyserling

February, 1912
Most probably around this time he meets the German philosopher and musicologist Count Hermann Keyserling at a musical soiree one evening in Gaganendranath's house. Count later writes in his memoirs--"…Rabindranath,the poet, impressed me like a guest from a higher, more spiritual world. Never perhaps have I seen so much spiritualised substance of soul condensed into one man…"
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Prince Wilhelm of Sweden

February, 1912
Most probably around this time yet another distinguished visitor arrives from Europe--Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, a painter and writer. He calls on the poet and will mention this visit in his travelogue published in 1913.
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Rabindranath arrives at Santiniketan

7th February, 1912
Rabindranath arrives at Santiniketan to spend a few days with the students. The purpose of the visit is to make arrangements for the smooth running of the school while he will be away. Jagadananda Ray is the Principal and elected chief of the teachers; so he remains in overall charge.
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Back in Kolkata

16th February, 1912
Poet is back in Kolkata on his way to Shilaidaha.
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Baikunther Khata is performed by admirers

16th February, 1912
Baikunther Khata is performed by admirers and friends at Gaganendranath's residence before his departure for England.
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Arrives in Shilaidaha

19th February, 1912
Arrives in Shilaidaha for rest and solitude.
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Adi Brahmasamajer Bedi

February, 1912
Yet spends the time to write Adi Brahmasamajer Bedi.
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Bharatvarshe Itihaser Dhara

February, 1912
More importantly, one of his seminal essays on the subject--Bharatvarshe Itihaser Dhara. In this essay he attempts to delineate the varied development of religious thoughts in ancient India through the arrival of various branches of the Aryans and their struggle with the Dravidians and the so-called non-Aryans. In his own words, it's a companion piece to the earlier essay--Dharmer Adhikar.
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M.H. Phelps

February, 1912
M.H. Phelps has already come and gone.
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Poet writes about Mr. Phelps

1st March, 1912
Poet writes to Jagadananda Ray--"Mr. Phelps has spent a few days here and left--he likes the pace very much--he's said-This is an ideal place to live in."
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Leaves for Kolkata

11th March, 1912
Shilaidaha still enchants him as before, but a growing longing to go and see the world at large increasingly fills him. In this conflicted frame of mind (wonderfully unveiled in a letter to Priyamvada Devi dated 8th March, 1912) he leaves for Kolkata.
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Pramathalal Sen

14th March, 1912
Pramathalal Sen writes to Rothenstein in England mentioning the translations of Rabindranath's poems and informing him of poet's itinerary and requesting him to help them on the way if help is needed.
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Atmaparichaya

15th March, 1912
Reads this essay before an audience of students at the hall of the Sadharan Brahmasamaj.
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Chaitanya Library

16th March, 1912
Holds a special session at Overtoun Hall, Ashutosh Chowdhury presides and the poet gives a public reading of Bharatvarshe Itihaser Dhara.
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Bhowanipur Brahma Sammilan Samaj invites the poet

17th March, 1912
Bhowanipur Brahma Sammilan Samaj invites him and the poet conducts "Divine Service" in its temple in the morning.
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Tour cancelled

19th March, 1912
The much contemplated European tour scheduled to commence on 19th March cancelled due to poet's sudden illness.
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Alexandra David-Neel gives Tagore letter of introduction

March, 1912
Alexandra David-Neel gives the poet letters of introduction written in French (one in 16th March and three in 17th March, 1912) to leading journalists and intellectuals in Paris, the Swedish orientalist Esaias Tegner being one of them. Rabindranath will most probably look him up in Paris on the way to London in June. In one of these letters she writes about the poet--"He is not one of those men who need recommendation."
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Valmiki Pratibha

22nd March, 1912
Valmiki Pratibha is performed at Ashutosh Chowdhury's Ballygunge residence; the poet himself is present among the audience.
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Leaves for Shilaidaha for some rest

24th March, 1912
Leaves for Shilaidaha with Rathindranath and daughter-in-law Pratima.
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Letter to Kadambini Dutta

25th March, 1912
Writes to Kadambini Dutta – "…I've escaped to the solitude of Shilaidaha…"
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Poems/Songs

1912
With the muses coming to visit him, however, he recovers enough energy to pen as many as 17 poems/songs in a fortnight.
  • Bhagye ami path haralem 29th March, 1912
  • Ami hal chhadley tabey 30th March, 1912
  • Amar ei path chawatei ananda 30th March, 1912
  • Kolahal to baran holo 31st March, 1912
  • Naamhara ei nadir pade 1st April, 1912
  • Ke go tumi videshi 2nd April, 1912
  • Ogo pathik diner seshey 3rd April, 1912
  • Ei dooarti khola 4th April, 1912
  • Ei je era anginatey 5th April, 1912
  • Anekkaler jatra amar 6th April, 1912
  • Ami amai korbo bado 7th April, 1912
  • Ebar bhasiey dite hobe amar 8th April, 1912
  • Jedin phutlo kamal kichhui jani nai 8th April, 1912
  • Ekhono ghor bhangena tor je 9th April, 1912
  • Jhade jai ude jai go 10th April, 1912
  • Tumi ektu kebol bastey dio kachhe 11th April, 1912
  • Ebar tora amar jabar belatey 12th April, 1912
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Translation

April, 1912
He's simultaneously busy translating his poems and songs into English. The manuscript containing these translations will be gifted by him to Rothenstein in England a few months later. Later still it will be preserved in Houghton Library, Harvard University. Rothenstein will add his comment to it--"Original manuscript which the poet brought me from India on his initial visit to us at Oak Hill Park." In a letter written to Indira Devi a year later(6th May, 1913) he'll explain--"I felt a kind of urge to activate again in my mind through the medium of another language the tumult of delight which inspiration had awakened in my mind once upon a time on an earlier occasion. A little exercise book gradually filled up." It is perhaps significant that he doesn't mention anything about these translations in the letters he writes at this time probably because of diffidence.
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Health

8th April, 1912
He is not entirely well and says so in the letters he now writes. Also says that he wants to go to England for a medical check-up too.
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Trip

8th April, 1912
Preparations are being made for the trip to England which he wants to make in May.
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Rogir Navavarsha

10th April, 1912
Writes the article Rogir Navavarsha.
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Keen to be in Santiniketan

12th April, 1912
Keen to be in Santiniketan to celebrate the Bengali New Year, he leaves for Kolkata.
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At Santiniketan

13th April, 1912
Passing through Kolkata arrives in Santiniketan.
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Prayers

14th April, 1912
Conducts the morning prayers in the temple and addresses the audience of students and teachers on the first day of the new Bengali year.
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Raja o Rani

23rd April, 1912
The play performed by the teachers and students of the ashram. Rabindranath plays no part in it. Guests including Ramananda Chatterjee and his son and daughter arrive from Kolkata to witness the performance.
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Summer vacation

26th April, 1912
Summer vacation in the ashram school commences.
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Six new songs

April, 1912
This spell in Santiniketan produces six new songs. Poet translates into English no-s 1, 2, 3 and 5 of these songs. The Gitanjali will begin with no 3.
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Back in Kolkata

26th April, 1912
Poet is back in the city.
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Return to Shilaidaha

3rd May, 1912
Returns to Shilaidaha after a brief stay in Kolkata.
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He is 52

8th May, 1912
Quietly spends his 52nd birthday with family.
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Letter to Pramathalal Sen

14th May, 1912
In a letter to Pramathalal Sen (now in Kolkata) he writes--" Rabi Dutta's translations of my poems are not at all up to the mark. And hence not in the least fit to be shown to anyone. Surely I can't even expect that my poems can be properly translated into English--let alone metrical translation. Even so they may be tolerably rendered in fairly plain prose. If possible, I will have a go at it when I get to England." Though Pramathalal's interest in this enterprise of translation is well known, it's surely significant that the poet says nothing about his own efforts in this letter. Even during this last visit to Shilaidaha he's been busy translating into English songs from Gitanjali, and various other books. But it's impossible to be precise because there are no dates in the manuscript.
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Odyssey begins

24th May, 1912
Rabindranath leaves Kolkata for Bombay (now Mumbai)
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Companions

24th May, 1912
He is accompnied by Rathindranath, Pratima devi and Somendranath Devbarman.
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The Bengalee

25th May, 1912
The Bengalee reports on 25th May--"Members of the Tagore family, his friends and devotees, his Bolpur students and ex-students, with many of the teaching staff saw him off at the station."
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Bombay

26th May, 1912
They reach Bombay.
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Article titled Bombay

27th May, 1912
Though he's scheduled to embark in a matter of hours, he squeezes out time to churn out a short article on the city titled Bombay.
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Praises outdoor activities by women

27th May, 1912
Here the poet bemoans the lack of outdoor activities by women in Kolkata compared to Bombay and praises their ample and visible presence in the latter city.
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Departure

27th May, 1912
They sail for England in the ship named City of Glasgow.
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First lap

May, 1912
During the first lap of the voyage from Bombay to Port Said poet writes six articles. One of his favourite subjects in prose is a comparative analysis of European and Indian ways of living and these pieces also reflect this abiding interest in diverse ways.
  • Jalasthal 29th May, 1912
  • Samudrapadi 30th May, 1912
  • Jatra 3rd June, 1912
  • Anandarupa 4th June, 1912
  • Dui Ichha 5th June, 1912
  • Antarbahir 7th June, 1912
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Translation

1912
He continues to translate poems and songs into English during the long voyage. He's carrying two pocketbooks which-one after another- will be filled with translations during and after the voyage. He occasionally reads the translations to his companions after lunch or dinner.
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Song

3rd June, 1912
On the Red Sea writes-- Prana bhoriey trisha horiye
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Port Said

8th June, 1912
The ship reaches Port Said.
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Khela o Kaaj

June, 1912
During the rest of the voyage he will write only one article--Khela o Kaaj.
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Paris

14th June, 1912
Reaches Paris.
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Meets Swedish orientalist Esaias Tegne

June, 1912
Most probably meets Swedish orientalist Esaias Tegner (reference Alexandra David Neele) who knows Bengali. Tegner will later play an important role in the award of the Nobel Prize for literature to Rabindranath.
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Arrives in London

16th June, 1912
Arrives in London and puts up in Bloomsbury Hotel. When Tagore is coming to Bloomsbury Hotel with others, the manuscript of Tagore's English translation, which is under Rathindranath's captivity, is lost in the tube rail. It is found in the next day from the lost property office of tube rail.
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Does not like the hotel

June, 1912
Does not like the hotel, telephones Rothenstein.
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Rothenstein comes to see him at the hotel

June, 1912
Rothenstein comes to see him at the hotel and they shift to a private boarding house in Hampstead. Later they will move to a rented house. Rothenstein is meanwhile given the notebook containing translations which he reads at once. He says--"Here was poetry of a new order which seemed to me on a level with that of the great mystics." Rothenstein sends typescripts of the translations to Yeats, Cecil Bradley and Stopford Brooks for their opinions.
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W.W.Pearson makes the poet's acquaintance at the party

19th June, 1912
Pearson has already spent a few years in Kolkata teaching botany at LMS College, Bhawanipore, knows Bengali and is familiar with the poet's work and his background. He is now back in London and makes the poet's acquaintance at the party which has gathered at his residence in the evening.
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W.W.Pearson offers pranaam to Tagore

19th June, 1912
W.W.Pearson receives Rabindranath in the doorway, offers pranaam and says that the poet is the guru for whom they've been waiting so long.
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Party

19th June, 1912
They're all there-- Dr.P.C.Ray, Mr.& Mrs.Arnold, Mr.& Mrs.Rothenstein, Cranmer Byng, Mr.Cheshire, Devaprasad Sarbadhikari, Sukumar Ray and Pearson himself.
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Sukumar Ray reads an essay

19th June, 1912
Sukumar Ray reads an essay on Bengali literature and highlights Rabindranath's stellar role in its development as well as a few translations of his poems done by him.
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Rabindranath's chequered career in the west is launched

19th June, 1912
It's a small but remarkable beginning and thus Rabindranath's chequered career in the west is launched.
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Writes two poems/songs

June, 1912
Writes two poems/songs
  • Taba rabikar asey kar baraia 23rd June, 1912
  • Sundara batey taba angadakhani 25th June, 1912
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Renders them into English

27th June, 1912
Renders them into English and sends the translations to Rothenstein.
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The Nation

June, 1912
Lunches with H.W.Massingham,editor of The Nation , an influential newspaper. Poet is now no stranger to the paper because it's already published Ajitkumar Chakrabarty's English translation of Sab-Peyechhir Desh.
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Reactions

June, 1912
Meanwhile Bradley and Brooks have written to Rothenstein amply confirming him in his opinion that Rabindranath has produced very great poetry indeed.
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Yeats meets Tagore

27th June, 1912
Even greater confirmation comes Rabindranath's way, when the greatest living poet writing in English, Yeats comes to Rothenstein's house at the latter's invitation, meets Rabindranath and reads aloud a few of Rabindranath's translations. The last vestiges of Rabindranath's diffidence are removed by Yeats's ecstatic reaction which will be soon famously expressed in his celebrated introduction.
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Interactive phase

1912
Now begins an intensely interactive phase--brief but eventful-between two very great poets about which Rabindranath will nostalgically write much later to Rothenstein -- "…then came those delightful days when I worked with Yeats."
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Larger poetry reading session

7th July, 1912
Rothenstein hosts a larger poetry reading session in his house attended by the elite of the London literati and presided over by Yeats.
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Yeats reads quite a few of Rabindranath's translations

7th July, 1912
Yeats again reads quite a few of Rabindranath's translations in what C.F.Andrews describes as a "musical,ecstatic voice" and the listeners are immensely, profoundly moved. Rathindranath will later recall the spell thus cast in his memoirs. He'll also mention "the flood of appreciative letters that poured in the next day."
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India Society's preparations to felicitate the poet

7th July, 1912
The Society's preparations to felicitate the poet got under way even before his arrival in London.
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Initiative

7th July, 1912
A.H.Fox Strangways, Rothenstein,etc. take the initiative.
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Flier sent to distinguished personalities

7th July, 1912
A flyer printed and sent to distinguished personalities by the Society is signed by Rothenstein, Fox Strangways, W.W.Hornell, Mrs. Shuldham Shaw, etc.
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May Sinclair's letter

8th July, 1912
May Sinclair sends a letter to Tagore about her experience after listening the recitation of English Gitanjali by Yeats on 7th July, 1912.
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Dinner party

10th July, 1912
It says the Society is giving a dinner party in honour of the "most distinguished Indian poet" at the Trocadero on 10th July at 7:30.
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Poet feted at the dinner

10th July, 1912
Rabindranath feted at the dinner. Yeats presides. Rabindranath replies to the felicitations in a speech"at once brief and singularly effective."
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Presence of distinguished personalities

10th July, 1912
May Sinclair, H.G.Wells and Maud Gonne are among those present.
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Yeats reads three translations

10th July, 1912
Yeats reads three translations two of which are printed in The Times three days later.
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Cambridge

July, 1912
Poet goes to Cambridge, spends a few days there and meets Bertrand Russell. Poet also runs into Pearson at Cambridge.
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London

15th July, 1912
Back in London.
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Poet translates three poems

15th July, 1912
The same day translates three poems-all on death-into English.
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Sends one of them to Rothenstein

16th July, 1912
Sends one of them to Rothenstein who has lost his mother with a touching note.
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Jibansmriti

July, 1912
Prabashi completes the serialization of the memoirs in its June - July issue.
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Illustrations by Gaganendranath

25th July, 1912
Jibansmriti is published as a book with twenty three illustrations by Gaganendranath and one by Jyotirindranath.
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Chhinnapatra

28th July, 1912
Also published a couple of days later.
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Dalia is dramatised

30th July, 1912
Dalia - one of his more dramatic short stories- is dramatised by George Calderon as The maharani of Arakan which is performed at Royal Albert hall and the cast includes Sybil Thorndike.
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Rev. C. F.Andrews invites Tagore

July, 1912
Rev. C. F.Andrews now invites him to come and stay with a friend of his, a padre and his family in a village called Butterton in the heart of "beautiful,unspoilt English country miles away from any town or railway station.."
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Achalayatan

2nd August, 1912
Also serialised in the Prabashi, now published as a book.
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Rev. C. F.Andrews

August, 1912
Andrews and Rabindranath already knew a lot about each other though they happen to meet only now and their acquaintance swiftly matures into a profound life-long friendship of mutual affection and devotion.
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Butterton

2nd August, 1912
So the poet and his family-accompanied by Andrews – go to Butterton.
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Harsh climate

August, 1912
Poet is under the weather, compelled to leave Butterton for more salubrious environs.
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Oakridge Lynch in Stroud

August, 1912
Rothenstein arranges for them to stay in an affluent farmer's house, Oakridge Lynch in Stroud, Gloucester Shire.
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The Crescent Moon

August, 1912
Poet is again busy translating into English those poems which will appear in the anthology of translations called The Crescent Moon (pub.1913).
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Illustrations for The Crescent Moon

16th August, 1912
Busy with translations he writes to Ajitkumar instructing him to convey his request to Gaganendranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Basu to produce illustrations suitable for the proposed anthology.
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Articles

16th August, 1912
Takes time off translation to dash off Sikshabidhi.
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Sikshabidhi

19th August, 1912
Writes Lakshya o Siksha.
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Chitra – translation of Chitrangada

21st August, 1912
Writes to Ajitkumar again informing him that he's already finished translating Chitrangada under the title Chitra.
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Dakghar & Malini have been translated

21st August, 1912
The letter to Ajitkumar also reveals that Dakghar & Malini have been translated, too.
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London

25th August, 1912
They are back in London.
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Jyotirindranath's

1912
Jyotirindranath's fine sketches having been mentioned in conversations, Rothenstein expresses a desire to see them. Complying with the poet's request JY sends three albums of his sketches to Rabindranath in England.
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Bolpur School

September, 1912
His activities and engagements in London notwithstanding, thoughts of the school at Santiniketan are always at the back of his mind. Thus he writes to Ajitkumar Chakrabarty--"…Perhaps our school does not get enough practice in music these days; that is not right, please take steps to keep it up....Music is surely as much a principal element in making life beautiful as the wonderful external landscape at Santiniketan which, all unknown, unobtrusively moulds the minds of the boys."
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Articles

September, 1912
Poet writes the articles on Yeats and Stopford Brooks.
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Cromwell Road

7th September, 1912
Moves to new lodgings on Cromwell Road.
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Yeats's introduction

7th September, 1912
Yeats does not want anything in his introduction "crossed out by Tagore's modesty."
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Rabindranath is embarrassed

8th September, 1912
Rabindranath, though, is embarrassed to read it, writes--"…no doubt it's a very precious ornament for me, but a hyperbolic ornament in a manner of speaking."
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W.W.Pearson

9th September, 1912
Is again in India, visits Santiniketan.
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Rothenstein writes to Jyotirindranath

14th September, 1912
Delighted to see his achievement, Rothenstein writes JY--"I know of few drawings which show at the same time so much sensitiveness of line and sincerity in characterisation." 25 of these drawings will be printed in an album with an introduction by Rothenstein in 1914.
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Gitanjali

September, 1912
The English Gitanjali is now being printed with Yeats's introduction by India Society.
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Ezra Pound(1885-1972) writes a letter to Harriet Monroe

24th September, 1912
Ezra Pound who is now Yeats's secretary and who will later emerge as one of the trio of great modernist poets in English poetry (Yeats, Eliot, Pound) enthusiastically writes about Rabidranath to Harriet Monroe--editor of the well known journal Poetry published from Chicago. Pound mentioned in the letter, “Also I'll try to get some of the poems of the very great Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore. They are going to be the sensation of the winner. … They are translated by the author into very beautiful English prose, with mastery of cadence.” Six Tagore poems translated into English with Pound's fulsome article on Rabindranath will be published in the Poetry in its December-1912 issue.
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May Sinclair

2nd October, 1912
May Sinclair invites him to dinner at her Sesame Club which takes place on October2, 1912. Here Rabindranath meets among others Shaw, Wells, Galsworthy, Masefield, Ernest Rhys, Fox-Strangways, Sturge Moore and Robert Bridges.
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Rathindranath and Pratima Devi sail for USA

10th October, 1912
Rathindranath and his wife Pratima Devi sail for Illinois, USA. Rathindranath is going to his alma mater Illinois University for further studies.
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Delayed publication of Gitanjali

October, 1912
Poet intends to join them, but is held back in England by the delayed publication of Gitanjali.
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Andrews

11th October, 1912
Comes to see the poet and in course of a long chat with him Rabindranath talks about his life and work.
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French connection

14th October, 1912
French poet Alexi St Leger Leger (pseudonym St-John Perse -1887-1975), later Nobel Laureate at 1960, writes a letter to the poet with Fox-Strangways' letter of introduction. In this letter Alexi writes “At the end of a solitary stay in this town, when it was for me a very deep and secret joy, I meet by chance, in a newspaper, with two poems quoted by the English poet Yeats, I have made this wish, I know your poet's work in our times and having read it on proofs one evening, I may serve it in great admiration in my country.”
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Purchase of land

16th October, 1912
With a view to expanding his rural reconstruction activities and setting up a farm-cum-laboratory for Rathindranath at Santiniketan where he can work fruitfully, Rabindranath purchases Surul Kuthi from Narendraprasanna Sinha, zamindar of Raipur who is also in England at that time. Later Sriniketan-the poet's innovative rural industrial project will be located here.
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Alexi seeks Tagore's permission to translate poet's poems into French

17th October, 1912
Alexi meets the poet and secures his permission for translating his poems into French. Alexi will later inspire Andre Gide (1869-1951) to translate Gitanjali into French in his two letters to Gide in July, 1913.
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Sails for New York

19th October, 1912
Sails for New York accompanied by Dr. Dwijendranath Maitra.
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Lands

27th October, 1912
Lands in New York.
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Urbana

1st November, 1912
Reaches Urbana in Illinois, joins son and dauhter-in-law. The Daily Illinois had already announced his forthcoming visit in its edition of 1st October, 1912.
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English Gitanjali published

1st November, 1912
English Gitanjali, which is a collection of songs taken from Bengali Gitanjali and various other books, is published by India Society in London.
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Rothenstein is simply elated

6th November, 1912
Rothenstein is simply elated and writes the poet that he'll open a dialogue with Macmillan as soon as the first reviews appear.
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Review

7th November, 1912
As if on cue, the first and most important review appears in The Times Literary Supplement.
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Rothenstein letter to the poet

7th November, 1912
Rothenstein gives the poet the news in a letter written on the same day and says almost prophetically--"It is a great delight to us to feel that what we felt at once is shared by others & that you have once and for all gained the ear of the West for your literature. I wonder whether Bengal will realize what your simple visit has done for its history."
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Gives first lecture on "World Realisation"

10th November, 1912
Meanwhile in Urbana, Rabindranath, in spite of reluctance to engage in public speaking in Englsh or attend functions and ceremonies, yields and at the entreaties of the local Unitarian padre A.R.Vail he gives a lecture on "World Realisation" at the local Unity Club.
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Rothenstein's correspondence with Macmillan

14th November, 1912
Rothenstein writes again that he's corresponding with Macmillan and has already sent them the book and the manuscript.
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Ananda Biday published

16th November, 1912
Ananda Biday, a parody play written by Dwijendralal Roy is published by Gurudas Chattopadhyay of Bengal Medical Library. This play reflects Roy's jealousy to Tagore.
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Second lecture on "Self-Realisation"

17th November, 1912
The response of the audience is encouraging and he gives a second lecture on "Self-Realisation" at the Unity Club.
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Third lecture on "Realisation of Brahma"

24th November, 1912
This gives him useful practice in writing English prose and public speaking and he delivers a third lecture on "Realisation of Brahma" at Unity Club.
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Forth lecture on "The Problem of Evil".

1st December, 1912
Delivers his forth lecture on "The Problem of Evil". The same lecture will be delivered on two occasions in Chicago also.
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Poetry, Chicago

9th December, 1912
Publishes 6 translations and Pound's article on him in its December issue. Rathindranath writes to Harriet Monroe, editor, requesting her to send him a few copies in Urbana.
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Chas. W. Wendte writes to Tagore

10th December, 1912
Chas. W. Wendte, secretory of The National Federation of Religious Liberals based in Boston writes to him inviting him to speak at their big conference to be held in Rochester on 28th-30th January, 1913. Poet is hesitantly accepts the invitation. But soon writes to them stating his inability to go.
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H.Monroe writes to Tagore inviting him to come to Chicago

12th December, 1912
Having learnt from Rathindranath's letter that the poet is staying in near-by Urbana, Monroe writes Rabindranath inviting him to come over to Chicago and assuring him of a warm welcome and sends along 12 copies.
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H.Monroe writes to the poet renewing the invitiation

21st December, 1912
H.Monroe writes again to the poet fervently renewing the invitation.
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7th Poush

22nd December, 1912
With four companions poet conducts prayers in his room to observe the ceremony of 7th Poush.
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Chicago

22nd December, 1912
Rathindranath and Pratima go to Chicago prior to his proposed visit.
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Poet's reply to Monroe

25th December, 1912
Poet's reply to Monroe is rather ambivalent. While he doesn't decline the invitation, he says he's rather afraid of big towns and their swirl of engagements.
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