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Muktadhara is completed

January, 1922
The poet's back in Santiniketan. Muktadhara is completed, brings alive the antinomy inherent in the subjugation of nature by man with the indiscriminate use of machinery so heavily relied on by western civilisation.
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Songs in Muktadhara

January, 1922
Writes seven new songs for the play.
  • Jaya Bhairab, jaya Sankara 22nd January, 1922
  • Nama jantra, nama jantra 22nd January, 1922
  • Ami marer sagar 22nd January, 1922
  • Bhule jai theke theke 22nd January, 1922
  • Tor shikal amay bikal 22nd January, 1922
  • Shudhu ki tar bendhei tor 22nd January, 1922
  • Phele rakhlei ki pade rabey 22nd January, 1922
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Mary van Eeghen

13th January, 1922
Mary van Eeghen, his hostess in Holland and a musician herself arrives in Santiniketan and stays for a couple of months associating herself with the activities of the school.
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French dramatist Moliere

17th January, 1922
300th birth anniversary of the great French dramatist Moliere(1622-1673) celebrated. The poet presides.
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Somendranath dies

30th January, 1922
Rabindranath's elder brother Somendranath dies.
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Visit

3rd February, 1922
The Maharaja of Pithapuram arrives with his family and the noted veena player Sangameswar Shastri. Spends a few days here.
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Elmhirst assumes charge

6th February, 1922
Elmhirst assumes charge of the Institute of Rural Reconstruction setup today.
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Kolkata

7th February, 1922
Rabindranath goes to Kolkata.
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Muktadhara

11th February, 1922
Reads the play on two occasions, returns to Santiniketan.
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Pulinbihari Das meets Tagore

February, 1922
Pulinbihari Das, the former revolutionary meets the poet. Always willing to assist them in peaceful reconstruction activities, Rabindranath promises to help him.
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Teaching

February, 1922
Poet takes classes, explains Mathew Arnold's essay and Keats's poems to the students.
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Induprakash

February, 1922
Gandhiji subjects Visva-Bharati to adverse criticism in the Induprakash.
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The Robbery of the Soil

21st February, 1922
Elmhirst reads his important essay The Robbery of the Soil. His insights attract the attention of even Gandhians like Nepal Ch.Ray.
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Matir Daak

7th March, 1922
Pleased with the work being done at Surul the poet writes the poem Matir Daak and the song Phire chal matir taney.
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Gandhiji is arrested

10th March, 1922
Gandhiji is arrested by the British government. Vasanta Utsav and other cultural activities postponed at Santiniketan.
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Cancels proposed tour of Nepal

14th March, 1922
Poet in Kolkata, cancels proposed tour of Nepal in view of disturbed conditions.
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Muktadhara to be published

16th March, 1922
Hands over the play, Muktadhara, to Ramananda Chatterjee for publication.
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Sukumar Ray is ill

16th March, 1922
Poet goes to see the ailing Sukumar Roy.
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Prize distribution

17th March, 1922
Presides over the prize-distribution ceremony of Sangeet Sangha.
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Award - Jagattarini Gold Medal

18th March, 1922
Awarded the Jagattarini Gold Medal by Calcutta University on the occasion of the annual Convocation.
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Shilaidaha

23rd March, 1922
In Shilaidaha with Andrews for rest and solitude.
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A few songs

March, 1922
Writes a few songs here:
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Letter to Elmhirst

31st March, 1922
Writes to Elmhirst admiring his efforts and says that he wishes he was young enough to join him.
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Kolkata

7th April, 1922
Back in Kolkata.
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Meeting

9th April, 1922
Attends a session of Visva-Bharati Bandhusabha at Ramananda's place.
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Santiniketan

10th April, 1922
Back in Santiniketan.
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Bengali new year

14th April, 1922
Prayers held in the temple at Santiniketan on the first day of the Bengali new year. Rabindanath speaks on the occasion. His address printed under the title Navabarsha in the Santiniketan (May issue).
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Stella Kramrish(1895-1993)

14th April, 1922
Stella Kramrish, who will later win international fame as art teacher and critic, arrives in Santiniketan and starts giving a series of lectures on art and sculpture of the world.
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Letter to Edward Thompson

16th April, 1922
In a letter to Edward Thompson, he says – "I have come to the conclusion that translating a poem is doing it wrong, specially when the original belongs to a language which is wholly alien to the medium of its translation."
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Eso eso hey trishnar jal

17th April, 1922
Writes -- Eso eso hey trishnar jal – to celebrate the sinking of a tube well.
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Jare Nije Tumi Janiechhile

1st May, 1922
Tagore writes song Jare Nije Tumi Janiechhile.
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Poet is 62

8th May, 1922
The poet is 62 today and after a long interval writes the poem – Ponchishe baisakh.
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Constitution

16th May, 1922
The Constitution of Visva-Bharati registered.
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An appeal from Oxford to help starving people of Russia

19th May, 1922
In response to an international appeal to Tagore in 19th May, for help for the starving people of Russia and the scholars in exile, the poet at once associates himself with the appeal and issues a statement which is printed in newspapers.
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Jadunath Sarkar declines

31st May, 1922
Rabindranath had earlier written to him requesting him to be a member of the governing committee of the University. Jadunath declines saying students of Visva-Bharati scorn ''exact knowledge."
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Tagore gets annoyed

2nd June, 1922
Rabindranath thoroughly irked; writes to Prasantachandra Mahalanabish in anguish – "I cannot for the life of me understand what is there inside me which makes my friends hostile to me."
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Satyendranath Dutta

24th June, 1922
Death of Satyendranath Dutta, noted poet and Tagore disciple. He was 41.
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Shelley

8th July, 1922
After the vidyalaya reopens following summer vacation, Rabindranath speaks on the occasion of the centennial of the death of the famous English poet P.B.Shelley.
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Writes poem Satyendranath Dutta

11th July, 1922
Rabindranath presides over the condolence meeting held at Rammohan Library. Writes a poem - Satyendranath Dutta.
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Plans to form an association to connect Visva-Bharati with students of Kolkata

15th July, 1922
At a meeting with young college students held at Rammohan Library the poet talks of forming an association through which Visva-Bharati will be able to connect with the students of Kolkata.
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Visva-Bharati sammilani is formed

21st July, 1922
Visva-Bharati sammilani is inaugurated at Rammohan Library by the poet who reads and explains Muktadhara. Members attend. The object of the function is to raise money for the cash-strapped visva-bharati.
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1st meeting of Visva-Bharati Samsad

23rd July, 1922
Poet in Santiniketan, presides over the 1st meeting of the Visva-Bharati Samsad.
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The Robbery of the Soil

28th July, 1922
L.K.Elmhirst reads The Robbery of the Soil at Rammohan Lbrary under the aegis of Visva-bharati Sammilani. Rabindranath also speaks.
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Kshitimohan Sen delivers a lecture on Kabir

1st August, 1922
Kshitimohan Sen delivers a lecture on Kabir and reads from his verse at Rammohan Library under the aegis of Visva-bharati Sammilani. The poet presides.
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Annual anniversary of Vidyasagar's dearh

2nd August, 1922
Poet speaks on the occasion of the annual anniversary of Vidyasagar's death at a meeting at Brahmasamaj Mandir.
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Varshamangal

7th August, 1922
Varshamangal is performed by the choir of students in Santiniketan on a full moon night after its success in Kolkata. The poet himself sings Aaj akasher maner katha and recites three poems – Jhulan, Varshamangal and Nirupama.
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Bharatvarshe Itihasher Dhara

8th August, 1922
The poet reads Bharatvarshe Itihasher Dhara before an audience of students and teachers of the vidyalaya.
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Levi-s leave Santiniketan

August, 1922
The Levi-s finally say goodbye to Santiniketan, leave for Kolkata after a touching farewell ceremony. The poet also goes with them.
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Varshamangal is performed at Rammohan Library Hall

16th August, 1922
Varshamangal is performed at Rammohan Library Hall, Kolkata for members only. The levi-s are present, Rabindranath takes part in the performance. A sixteen page booklet named Varshamangal is published for this occasion containing the following 18 songs. Main object is to raise funds for cash-strapped Visva-Bharati.
  • Daruna agnibaney 8th August, 1922
  • Eso eso hey trishnar jal 8th August, 1922
  • Oi je jharer megher koley 8th August, 1922
  • Hridoy amar oi bujhi tor 8th August, 1922
  • Kakhan badal chhonwa legey 8th August, 1922
  • Aaj nabin megher sur 8th August, 1922
  • Aaj akasher maner katha 8th August, 1922
  • Ei sakal belar badal 8th August, 1922
  • Poob sagarer paar hotey kon 8th August, 1922
  • Aaji varsha rater seshey 8th August, 1922
  • Sravanmegher adhek dooar 8th August, 1922
  • Bahujuger opar hotey 8th August, 1922
  • Badal-baul bajai re ektara 8th August, 1922
  • Eki gabhir bani elo 8th August, 1922
  • Amar hridoy aaji jay je bhesey 8th August, 1922
  • Bhor holo jei 8th August, 1922
  • Brishtisesher hawa kisher 8th August, 1922
  • Badal dhara holo sara 8th August, 1922
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Varshamangal is performed for general public

17th August, 1922
Varshamangal is performed for the general public next day at the same venue. Rabindranath again takes part.
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Lipika

17th August, 1922
Lipika is published.
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Farewell

18th August, 1922
Visva-Bharati Sammilani arranges a farewell party for the Levi-s. The poet attends.
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Varshamangal is performed at Alfred Theatre

19th August, 1922
Varshamangal is again performed at the Alfred Theatre to satisfy great public demand.
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Felicitation

21st August, 1922
Poet is felicitated at Presidency College, speaks on the occasion.
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Prayer

30th August, 1922
Takes part in the weekly prayers at santiniketan temple. Address given on this occasion later printed in Santiniketan (Bhadra-Aswin issue).
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Speaks on the centennial of Shelley's death

31st August, 1922
Poet in Kolkata, speaks at a function organised by Visva-Bharati Sammilani to observe the centennial of Shelley's death.
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Sarodotsav

1922
Busy conducting rehearsals of Sarodotsav.
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Santiniketan

6th September, 1922
Returns. Speaks at the weekly prayers.
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Kolkata

15th September, 1922
In Kolkata. Inaugurates Jatiya Mahamela at Sraddhananda Park. Sishu Bholanath anthology is also published today.
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Raise funds for Visva-Bharati

16th September, 1922
Sarodotsav is staged at the Alfred Theatre to raise funds for Visva-Bharati. Rabindranath plays emperor Vidyaditya.
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Sarodotsav

19th September, 1922
Again performed at Madan Theatre.
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Poona (now Pune)

19th September, 1922
Leaves for Poona accompanied by Elmhirst and Gourgopal Ghosh.
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Meet R.G. Bhandarkar

21st September, 1922
Sylvain Levi and the poet meet the renowned scholar R.G. Bhandarkar. Here the poet is the guest of Ratanji Dadabhai Tata.
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Meeting at Bhandarkar Institute

23rd September, 1922
Held in Bhandarkar Institute in his honour in the evening. Visits Deccan College in the morning. Andrews joins him in Poona.
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Lecture on education

24th September, 1922
Speaks at a conference on education at New Poona College.
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Indian Renaissance

24th September, 1922
Lectures on Indian Renaissance at Kirloskar Theatre, comes down heavily on the current education system.
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At Bangalore (now Bangaluru)

26th September, 1922
Reaches Bangalore, most probably stays at the Summer palace.
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Gretchen Green

September, 1922
Gretchen Green, American social worker desirous of working in India who joined Rabindranath at Poona is travelling with him.
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Lecture at Mysore University

27th September, 1922
Poet delivers a lecture at Mysore University.
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Madras

29th September, 1922
In Madras, he's a guest of well known lawyer T.N. Ramaswamy.
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Meets J.H. cousins and Annie Besant

29th September, 1922
Meets J.H. cousins and Annie Besant at the former's residence.
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A Vision of India's History

29th September, 1922
Reads A Vision of India's History at the big Gokhale Hall.
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Rabindranath Club

30th September, 1922
Visits the local Rabindranath Club, is greeted by the elite of the city.
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Ideals in Education

30th September, 1922
Speaks on Ideals in Education at Gokhale Hall.
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At Coimbatore

2nd October, 1922
Felicitated at the local Variety Hall, reads A Vision of India's History.
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An Eastern University

3rd October, 1922
Reads An Eastern University at Variety Hall, Coimbatore.
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At Mangalore

October, 1922
Visits various educational institutions from 5th to 8th October, avoids public speaking for badly needed rest.
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Madras (Chennai)

8th October, 1922
Returns to Madras, calls on Cousins and Besant, discusses the proposed university magazine.
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Sails for Sri Lanka

9th October, 1922
Sails for Sri Lanka -- his first visit there – with Andrews.
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Reaches Sri Lanka

11th October, 1922
Reaches Sri Lanka. His host is Dr.W.A.De Silva.
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Readings and lectures

12th October, 1922
Visits the local teachers' training college, speaks about the vision underlying his university and reads from The Gardener.
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Rathindranath joins

13th October, 1922
Rathindranath joins him in Sri Lanka.
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Letters

October, 1922
In letters written around this time he often compares himself to a mendicant wandering from one country to another with a begging bowl collecting money for the university.
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Y.M.C.A.

13th October, 1922
Speaks at the local Y. M. C. A. about the ideals enshrined in Visva-Bharati. Chief Justice Sir Anton Bertram presides.
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Growth of my Life's Work

15th October, 1922
Delivers a lecture on Growth of my Life's Work before a massive audience.
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Kolpetty

16th October, 1922
Felicitated by members of the India Club at Storm Lodge.
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Galle

17th October, 1922
Visits Mahindra College at Galle in the morning. Delivers a lecture at the invitation of Galle Association.
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Galle

18th October, 1922
Visits the students' hostels of Mahindra College. Drives back to Colombo in the afternoon.
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Ananda College

19th October, 1922
Presides over the prize-distribution ceremony of Ananda College.
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Felicitations

October, 1922
At Campbell Park and Trinity College at 20th and 23rd October.
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Rest

1922
Goes to Newara Eliya for a week's rest.
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Geddes

3rd November, 1922
Patrick Geddes has meanwhile arrived in Santiniketan with his son Arthur, spends a couple of days there. Rabindranath is glad to know that Arthur will stay in Sriniketan to help implement different projects of rural uplift.
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At Trivandrum

8th November, 1922
Leaves Sri Lanka, arrives at Trivandrum.
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Civic reception

9th November, 1922
Civic reception at Jubilee Hall, poet speaks of Visva-Bharati.
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Elmhirst

November, 1922
Learns from Elmhirst's letter that he has proposed to Dorothy Straight.
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Varkkallai

15th November, 1922
On his way to Quillon halts at Varkkallai to meet Swami Sri Narayana Guru in his ashram – the famous guru of the Thiya community and crusader against untouchability.
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P.R.Ramanujam

16th November, 1922
Meets the industrialist P.R.Ramanujam who gives him a gift of 200 volumes on the chemical sciences and complete equipment for setting up a chemical laboratory at Santiniketan.
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At Aleppy

16th November, 1922
Arrives to a rousing reception, speaks on the problems of civilisation at the Electric Theatre, receives donation of Rs 1200/-.
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At Ernakulam

16th November, 1922
Arrives in the evening, taken to the Royal Guest House where he receives an address and some donation for Visva-Bharati from the local people. Speaks on the vision and mission of Visva-Bharati.
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At Alwaye

18th November, 1922
Felicitated at Sri Narayanaguru's Adwaitashram. In the afternoon inaugurates a new hostel of Union Christian College. Mango saplings planted by Rabindranath and Andrews at the college.
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Felicitated at the local Gujrati School

19th November, 1922
Felicitated at the local Gujrati School, receives a donation of Rs750/-. Visits Subba Raja Memorial Girls' School, speaks on True Love, leaves for Madras.
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Madras

19th November, 1922
Meets Cousins .
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Lecture at United Women's College

20th November, 1922
Speaks on Visva-Bharati and what it stands for at United Women's College.
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Bombay (now Mumbai)

23rd November, 1922
Reaches Bombay, stays at Sir Jahangir Petit's residence.
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Felicitated by the Pathare Prabhu Social Samaj

26th November, 1922
Felicitated by the Pathare Prabhu Social Samaj, accepts donation for university.
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Ethics of Zoroastrianism

27th November, 1922
Speaks on Ethics of Zoroastrianism at a meeting organised by several Parsi organisations. Soon a Zoroastrian Trust Fund will be set up at Santiniketan with their financial help.
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Moriz Winternitz meets the poet

28th November, 1922
Back in Bombay. Moriz Winternitz (1863-1937) – Indologist and professor of Prague University who is the second guest-lecturer at Santiniketan after Sylvain Levi, has already arrived in India and joins him here.
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Meeting at Bombay Ladies' Branch

29th November, 1922
Speaks at a meeting of the Bombay Ladies' Branch of National Indian Association.
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At Ahmedabad

3rd December, 1922
Poet addresses the elite of the city in the garden of the house of Ambalal Sarabhai who is his host here.
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Visits Sabarmati Ashram

4th December, 1922
Visits Sabarmati Ashram with Andrews, speaks to the inmates about the role of Gandhiji who is now in jail.
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Benaras

9th December, 1922
Reaches here with Winternitz. Meets Ranu and her father.
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Santiniketan

December, 1922
Back in Santiniketan.
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Poush Utsav

22nd December, 1922
Rabindranath prays in the temple (prayer printed in Santiniketan, Poush issue). Four songs are sung.
  • Swapan jadi bhangiley 22nd December, 1922
  • Prathama alor charanadhwani 22nd December, 1922
  • Jaya hok jaya hok 22nd December, 1922
  • Bhengechha dooar esechha 22nd December, 1922
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Meeting of former students

23rd December, 1922
Presides over and speaks at a meeting of the former students of Santiniketan.
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Annual meeting of Visva-Bharati Parishad

24th December, 1922
Annual meeting of Visva-Bharati Parishad. Poet presides. Elmhirst is now the Director of School of Agriculture.
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Christmas

25th December, 1922
Rabindranath prays in the temple.
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Letter to Ranu's father

28th December, 1922
In a letter to Ranu's father Phanibhusan, the poet writes that the Hebrew scholar Schlomith Flaum, Russian professor L. Bogdanov and mark Collins-expert in linguistics, have joined the university.
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Romain Rolland informed the poet about Weltbiblothek

28th December, 1922
Romain Rolland already wrote to him informing him of Weltbiblothek (World Library) -- an international publishing enterprise set up by Emil Roniger -- a Swedish publisher. The poet writes back giving permission for the German and French translations of Gora and the publication of Letters from Abroad.
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Congress

December, 1922
38th annual session of the party held at Gaya from 26th December, 1922 to 1st January, 1923, Chittaranjan Das presides. Beginning of the emergence of Pro-changer and No-changer groups.
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