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Leela

4th January, 1906
Writes Leela
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Godhulilagna

13th January, 1906
Writes Godhulilagna.
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First anniverary of Maharshi's death

19th January, 1906
The first anniversary of Maharshi's death observed. Poet in Kolkata.
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Reads Rajbhakti

23rd January, 1906
Rabindranath reads this article before an audience at the Field and Academy Club.
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67th Maghotsav festival

24th January, 1906
67th festival celebrated. Poet speaks on the occasion.
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Brahmasangeet-Swaralipi (2nd part)

24th January, 1906
Brahmasangeet-Swaralipi (2nd part) containing 50 songs (35 by Rabindranath) compiled by Kangalicharan Sen and dedicated to the poet published.
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Shilaidaha

31st January, 1906
Goes to Shilaidaha.
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Poems, songs at Shilaidaha

February, 1906
While in Shilaidaha he writes a few pieces
  • Ami keman kariya janabo
  • Bichhed
  • Aaj booker asan chinre
  • Setuku tor anek achhe
  • (Bhaar) Tumi jato bhaar diyechho se bhaar
  • Tika
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Returns from Shilaidaha

9th February, 1906
Returns to Calcutta (now Kolkata) though the political temperature of the city isn't to his liking.
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First records

16th February, 1906
Patriotic songs sung by the poet first recorded on Pathephone by Hemendramohan Basu of Kuntaleen fame.
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Rathindranath prepares to sail for USA

February, 1906
Poet in Kolkata as Rathindanath prepares to sail for USA for higher studies.
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Dawn Society

25th February, 1906
Rabindranath addresses the students of The Dawn Society. He praises Satishchandra Mukhopadhyay, who's a saintly figure, thinks ahead of his time and initiated efforts on his own to spread education years ago.
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Finding groom for Meera

1906
Rabindranath is anxious to find a suitable groom for Meera, who is now 12 years old in spite of his known opposition to child marriage.
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Departure

March, 1906
Rathindranath and Santoshchandra Majumdar embark on their voyage to USA via Japan. Grand felicitation offered in Santiniketan before journey.
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Writes a few poems

20th March, 1906
In a brief, busy spell writes a few poems during his stay in Kolkata and Santiniketan during the period 20th March to 28th March.
  • Nirudyam 20th March,1906
  • Kripon 22th March,1906
  • Kooar Dhare 23th March,1906
  • Jagaran 24th March,1906
  • Phool Photano 25th March,1906
  • Nid o Akash 26th March,1906
  • Haar 26th March,1906
  • Vidai 28th March, 1906
  • Pather Sesh 28th March, 1906
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Bangadarshan

25th March, 1906
In its Chaitra issue, publishes the poet's Bengali translation of Sarojini Naidu's English poem Palanquin Bearers.
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Ends a cycle of Kheya

28th March, 1906
With Pather Sesh ends another cycle of Kheya;it seamlessly blends the notes of mysticism and romantic lyricism in these poems.
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Tripura

2nd April, 1906
The poet arrives in Agartala.
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Discussion with Maharaja

April, 1906
Discusses with the Maharaja about internal issues and problems of Tripura.
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Barishal

12th April, 1906
Travels to Barishal by boat to attend the Sahityasammilani to be held after the Bangiya Pradeshik Sammelan, as president of the literary conference.
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Stays in a houseboat

15th April, 1906
Arrives in Barishal and stays in a houseboat.
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Vande Mataram banned

15th April, 1906
British high-handedness and tyranny. Vande Mataram banned.
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Literary Conference

16th April, 1906
Sahityasammilani abandoned. Poet leaves for Kolkata.
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Bolpur(Santiniketan)

17th April, 1906
Once in Kolkata, he immediately leaves for Bolpur. For the poet wishes to "go to Bolpur and immerse himself in inertia".
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Breather

20th April, 1906
His muse takes advantage of this breather and the result is six poems in four days showing how his external and inner lives usually follow different orbits. The current unrest doesn't trouble the texture of the verse in these poems.
  • Samudre 20th April,1906
  • Baisakhe 22th April,1906
  • Dinsesh 21st April,1906
  • Pathik 21st April,1906
  • Bandi 22nd April,1906
  • Samapti 23rd April,1906
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Letter written to Dineshchandra

April, 1906
A letter written to Dineshchandra Sen at this time reflects the same mood--"Please don't talk of work any more--I'm on holiday now….Therefore I've slipped away now."
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Barisal outrage

April, 1906
But he can not slip away after all, the Barisal outrage calls forth massive protest everywhere in Bengal.
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Deshanayak

26th April, 1906
Poet returns to Kolkata and at a massive meeting organised at Pasupatinath Bose's Bagbagar mansion, he reads the address Deshanayak articulating the wounded sentiments of his countrymen.
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Urges to accept Surendranath Banerjee as their supremo

26th April, 1906
In this address he also urges his people to accept Surendranath Banerjee as their supremo at this juncture. But later Surendranath will let his people down.
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Poem

30th April, 1906
Spends just a couple of days in town, writes Pratiksha.
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Birthday

8th May, 1906
On his 46th birthday the poet is in Bolpur.
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Dighi

10th May, 1906
Writes Dighi
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Kokil

12th May, 1906
Writes Kokil.
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Ceases to be the editor of Bangadarshan

May, 1906
Ceases to be the editor of the magazine, but his association with will continue.
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Maharshi's birthday celebration

17th May, 1906
Maharshi's birthday is celebrated in a grand manner at Jorasanko.
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Goes to Bolpur

20th May, 1906
Back in Bolpur.
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Kolkata

29th May, 1906
Returns to Kolkata.
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Internationalism

29th May, 1906
Nationalism and Internationalism now start inter-blending in his thoughts and the process can be seen at work even in letters written around this time. For example, the letter written to Saileshchandra--"I am not in favour of belligerent and xenophobic national sentiment--I support definite natural rights and harmonious national sentiment. The speciality of each nation is the heritage of all human beings....but I do not consider foreign-phobia to be good or salutary."
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Poems

May, 1906
Though he wants to escape the madding din ad bustle of Kolkata, he is prolific as ever here too, and poems continue to come.
  • Gaan Sona 26th May,1906
  • Jagaran 28th May,1906
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Jhad

1st June, 1906
Writes Jhad.
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Shivaji Utsav

5th June, 1906
Shivaji Utsav is celebrated with flourish in the presence of the Marathi leaders-Tilak, Khaparde and Munje.
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Poet does not attend

5th June, 1906
The poet does not attend as the idol of the goddess Bhavani is worshipped at the celebration.
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Sikshasamasya

6th June, 1906
Reads this significant essay before an audience at the YMCA Overtoon hall.
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Significance of Sikshasamasya

6th June, 1906
Sikshasamasya is significant because it states what he is currently trying to accomplish at his Bramhacharyasrama at Santiniketan and foreshadows the later development of his vision."Therefore, if an ideal school is to be set up, a place has to be found for it away from populous conglomerates in the solitude of wide open fields, trees and the wide open skies above, where the teachers will be engaged in quiet study and teaching and the students will be able to develop amidst these pursuits."
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Mohitchandra dies

9th June, 1906
Mohitchandra Sen, the editor of Kabya Grantha dies in the prime of life. Poet loses a valuable associate and friend. Poet's tribute article titled 'Mohitchandra Sen' later published in the Bangadarshan.
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Sushila Devi

June, 1906
Mohitchandra Sen's widow Sushila Devi is employed in the ashram-school.
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Ingraji Sopan

June, 1906
(3 parts combined) published.
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Write eight poems

June, 1906
In June and early July the poet writes eight poems
  • Prachhnna 16th June,1906
  • Anuman 18th June,1906
  • Varshaprabhat 21st June,1906
  • Sab-peyechhir Desh 23rd June,1906
  • Varshasandhya 23rd June,1906
  • Haradhan 24th June,1906
  • Chanchalya 27th June,1906
  • Utsarga 2nd July,1906
  • Prarthana 4th July,1906
  • Sarthak Nairashya 3rd July,1906
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Songs in Bengali year 1313

1906
He writes a few songs in the Bengali year 1313.
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Suffering from piles

July, 1906
Poet is suffering from piles. In early July he is in Kolkata to receive medical treatment.
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Dwijendralal Roy transferred to Gaya

July, 1906
Now transferred to Gaya, he grows more hostile to the poet.
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Lokendranath Palit transferred to Gaya

July, 1906
Also transferred to Gaya, he too, grows increasingly hostile.
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Bengal Technical Institute

25th July, 1906
Bengal Technical Institute-a separate institution-set up at 92, Upper Circular Road.
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Dwijendralal Roy and Lokendranath Palit criticise poet's writings

1906
This formidable duo harshly criticise what in their opinion is the weakness of his writings.
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D.L. Roy severely criticises poet's writings

1906
D.L. Roy is particularly severe on what he terms the prurience, lewdness of his writings.
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Lokendranath's Criticism

1906
Loken's hostility particularly hurts him, but on the whole the poet chooses to ignore this misconceived criticism in silence.
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Poet calls for restraint

1906
Poet asks his friends and admirers not to be provoked into counterattacking, either.
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Sikshasamaskar

1906
The Ashad (June-July) issue of Bhandar carries this short but not insignificant article in which the education systems of Ireland and India-both British colonies are discussed and indigenous education is stressed.
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Call for taking education system in own hand

1906
He asserts,"We can never agree to perpetuating sycophancy and servility through the schools. Hence, the time has come when we must somehow take the education system in our own hands."
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Give a thrust to technological education

1906
To give a thrust to technological education, Taraknath Palit, Dr. Nilratan Sarkar,etc. decide to set up a technology institute. Rabindranath consulted.
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Vandemataram - New daily

6th August, 1906
Vandematarama patriotic daily newspaper launched. Aurobindo Ghosh, Bipin Pal and others associated with it. Soon it will make history by galvanising widespread anger and resentment against British rule into a revolutionary nationalist movement--the first of its kind seen in India.
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Kheya

10th August, 1906
This anthology--long in the making—published. Rabindranath dedicates it to Jagadishchandra.
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Jatiya Siksha Parishad

14th August, 1906
Jatiya Siksha Parishad or The National Council of Education is inaugurated at a historic meeting held in the Town Hall and presided over by Rashbihari Ghosh.
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Reads the essay Jatiya Vidyalaya

14th August, 1906
At this meeting Rabindranath reads the essay Jatiya Vidyalaya. In ringing words that have stood the test of time he articulates the noble enthusiastic optimism buoying up Bengal at this time--"…but today we must feel the pride and celebrate. I am saying to the students; let pride fill your whole heart as you enter the institution of learning of your country. try to feel that a successful image of the power of the Bengali nation has summoned you before her throne; the more you truly obey her, the more she will acquire prowess and that prowess will make all of us brave....Its prestige lies not in such things as massive buildings, big plots of land...but in the respect you feel for it, you devotion and the fact that the Bengalis are yielding to it. The will of the bengalis brought into being and this devotion will protect it--this is precisely what constitutes its prestige which makes us proud."
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Jatiya Siksha Parishad later grow into Jadavpur University

15th August, 1906
Aurobindo Ghosh (later known as Sri Aurobindo) elected the first principal. Fifty years later it will grow into Jadavpur University.
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Noukadubi

2nd September, 1906
Formerly serialised in the Bangadarshan, this novel is now published.
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Lakshmir Pariksha

September, 1906
Lakshmir Pariksha is performed by a female cast during a swadeshi mela (from 14th to 18th September, 1906) organised by Mahila Shilpa Samity.
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First aniversary of Rakhi-Bandhan

16th October, 1906
The first aniversary of Rakhi-Bandhan and swadeshi agitation launched in 1905 comes and goes. The poet is silent.
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Letter to Sucharu Devi

17th October, 1906
Somewhat disenchanted with the course of events, he states in a letter written from Bolpur to Sucharu Devi (daughter of Keshab Chandra Sen) at this time,"… I have been sitting quietly out here by the field and looking after my school--and I've disengaged myself from all other responsibilities…"
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Bhupendranath ill and bed-ridden

October, 1906
Bhupendranath away in Burdwan, ill and bed-ridden. His school badly needs competent teachers. Poet worried on this score.
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Letters written in English

13th November, 1906
In one of his several letters written to daughter Meera in English (intended to induce her to acquire a command of spoken and written English) he talks about the school--"Some of my boys are down with fever--they brought this from home and our trouble with them won't be over till the cold season sets in right earnest. Altogether we are very busy with the reopening of the school."
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Tatah Kim

7th December, 1906
Poet reads this article at a special meeting of the Alochana Samity held at Overtoon Hall and presided over by Hirendranath Dutta.
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Bipinchandra, Brahmabandhab take part in the discussion

7th December, 1906
The intellectual elite of the city present at the meeting and Bipinchandra, Brahmabandhab,etc. take part in the discussion that follows.
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16th annual festival

22nd December, 1906
16th annual Brahma festival (Poush utsav) held in Santiniketan.
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Anandarup and Santang Shivamadwaitam

22nd December, 1906
Poet's addresses delivered at the morning and evening prayers later published as Anandarup and Santang Shivamadwaitam .
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Congress

December, 1906
22nd annual session of the Congress Party held in Kolkata from 26th to 28th December, 1906. Dadabhai Nauroji presides.
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