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Nebraska, Lincoln

8th January, 1917
Delivers lecture on nationalism and reads from writings.
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Gift from citizens of Lincoln

8th January, 1917
Citizens of Lincoln present a printing machine to the students of Bolpur Vidyalaya. Later it will be set up in Santiniketan Press to print a number of books by the poet.
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Lowa, Des Monies

9th January, 1917
Reads The Cult of nationalism.
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Nebraska, Omaha

10th January, 1917
Lectures on nationalism and gives readings.
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Kansas City

11th January, 1917
Delivers a lecture here.
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San Fransisco

17th January, 1917
Accompanied by Pearson, Mukul and Bankimchandra Roy, poet sails for Japan.
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Honolulu

January, 1917
Reaches Honolulu.
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Arrives at Japan

9th February, 1917
Leaves Honolulu perhaps on 1st February and arrives at Japan.
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At Japan

February, 1917
During this brief stay poet meets Paul and Mirra Richard (Mirra will later become a disciple of Sri Aurobindo and will be known as Srima).
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Pearson decides to stay back

February, 1917
Decides to stay back in Japan. They will see each other again only in 1921.
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Rangoon

1917
Poet breaks journey at Rangoon.
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Carmichael

5th March, 1917
Governor of Bengal, lord Carmichael is given a farewell by the Tagores at Vichitra Club, Jorasanko.
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Kolkata

13th March, 1917
Arrives at Kolkata.
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Vichitra

14th March, 1917
On the occasion of his homecoming, a small crowd of relatives and friends and admirers gather at Vichitra club; songs are sung.
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Vichitra studio

March, 1917
Poet pleased to see Vichitra studio. Given the poet's patronage, Vichitra will soon become the meeting ground of artists, writers and people of similar affinities and host weekly meetings. Kampo Arai will give lessons in the Japanese style of painting here.
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Santiniketan

16th March, 1917
Rabindranath is back in Santiniketan.
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Ramananda, Prasantachandra arrive with their families

13th April, 1917
Ramananda, Prasantachandra, etc. arrive with their families. Poet conducts prayers in the temple on the last day of the Bengali year.
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Illness

20th April, 1917
Back in Kolkata to consult doctors for an ailment of the ear.
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Chittaranjan Das assails the poet

21st April, 1917
Chittaranjan Das, once a Rabindra-disciple and now a Rabindra-critic assails the poet for allegedly upholding internationalism at the expense of what he sees as legitimate Bengali nationalism in his presidential address at the Bangiya Pradeshik Sammelan. Soon Prabashi and Bharati will join issue with him.
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Teachers felicitate the poet

23rd April, 1917
Teachers of the Brahma Balika Vidyalaya felicitate the poet at their school.
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Attends meeting of Brahma Yubak Samiti

24th April, 1917
Poet attends a meeting of Brahma Yubak Samiti at Mary Carpentar Hall.
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Chitra is performed

27th April, 1917
Chitra is performed at St. James Theatre, London.
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Santiniketan

30th April, 1917
Poet back in Santiniketan.
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Dakghar

3rd May, 1917
The first performance of the original Bengali play takes place at Mary Carpentar Hall. The actors are the youngsters of the Sadharan Brahmasamaj.
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Sukumar Ray in Santiniketan

7th May, 1917
Sukumar Ray is in Santiniketan. Performs his farce Sabdakalpadrum with his group.
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Poet is 57

8th May, 1917
Poet's 57th birthday celebrated in Santiniketan.
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Achalayatan is performed

8th May, 1917
Achalayatan is performed in the evening by the students and teachers. Rabindranath plays the role of the Acharya.
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Poet in Kolkata

10th May, 1917
Poet is in Kolkata; trip to Darjeeling arranged but later cancelled.
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Santiniketan

17th May, 1917
Poet returns to Santiniketan.
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Purabi

18th May, 1917
After a considerable interval he pens a long poem called Sesh Gaan which was initially placed in Palataka anthology.Later it is renamed as Purabi and will be included in the anthology of the same name.
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Debt

May, 1917
Pays an old debt of Rs 30000/- with interest (originally borrowed from Taraknath Palit who later transferred it to Calcutta University which had received his endowments). The money was borrowed for the erstwhile Tagore & Co.
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Tindharia

24th May, 1917
Poet goes to Tindharia for rest.
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Kolkata

18th June, 1917
Returns to Kolkata.
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Confers at Vichitra Club

27th June, 1917
Confers with Brajendranath Seal, Jadunath Sarkar, Kalidas Nag, etc. at Vichitra Club.
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Madhurilata is ailing

1917
Stays back to look after daughter Madhurilata who's ailing.
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Plans

1917
Poet intends to prepare and publish books in Bengali on different subjects on the lines of the Home University Library in English (Viswavidyasangraha). Much later poet will introduce Loksiksha Granthamala to achieve this goal.
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Monda Club

4th July, 1917
Poet felicitated at Monda Club founded by Sukumar Ray. Reads his new short story Poila Nambar written in colloquial Bengali to match the style of Sabuj Patra for which it's intended.
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Madhurilata is seriously ill

13th July, 1917
Madhurilata is seriously ill. Poet's back in Kolkata.
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Poet is felicitated by younger members of Sadharan Brahmasamaj

17th July, 1917
Poet felicitated at a reception organised by the younger members of the Sadharan Brahmasamaj at Rammohan Library. Brajendranath Seal reads a paper. Sukumar Ray also speaks of the poet's achievements.
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Poet at Shilaidaha

20th July, 1917
The Poet is in Shilaidaha to celebrate Punnyaha.
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Kolkata

25th July, 1917
The Poet is back in Kolkata
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Desh desh nandita kari

1917
Writes the famous chorus -- Desh desh nandita kari -
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Kartar Ichhai Karma

4th August, 1917
Reads the well-known essay - Kartar Ichhai Karma protesting against government policies at a meeting held in Rammohan Library where -- Desh desh nandita kari – is sung.
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Reads the essay at Alfred Theatre

10th August, 1917
Reads the essay again before a massive audience at Alfred Theatre on Harrison Road (now Mahatma Gandhi Road).
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Letter to young Ranu Adhikari

19th August, 1917
Writes to young Ranu Adhikari (later Lady Ranu Mukherjee) who, though very young, has already read many of his writings. He will write her a number a letters over the years which carve out a niche of their own in our literature.
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Songs

August, 1917
Writes four new songs.
  • Kampichhe dehalata August, 1917
  • Byakul bakuler phule August, 1917
  • Je kandane hiya kandichhe August, 1917
  • Dooar mor pathapashe August, 1917
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Amiya Chakrabarty

1917
Young Amiya Chakrabarty has also started corresponding with the poet around this time.
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Congress

1917
Bitter feuds in Bengal Congress over who will be the president of the annual session to be held in Kolkata in December. Poet reluctantly involved in it. Crisis is resolved when Mrs. Besant is accepted as president.
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Sangeeter Mukti

5th September, 1917
Reads the essay -- Sangeeter Mukti - at a weekly meeting of the Vichitra Club.
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Reads the essay again

7th September, 1917
Reads the essay - Sangeeter Mukti – again before an audience at Rammohan Library.
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Illness

September, 1917
Poet more than slightly ill, consults Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Thus begins an association which will end only in his death.
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Rajnarayan Basu

15th September, 1917
Meeting held in his memory at Sadharan Brahmasamaj temple. Poet presides.
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Vichitra club

21st September, 1917
Meetings and programmes take place regularly. At a session of western music, Rabindanath surprises and regales all present by singing Bengali, Hindustani, English and German songs.
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Exclusive female audience

26th September, 1917
Baikunther Khatha is performed for an exclusively female audience.
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Exclusively male audience

28th September, 1917
Baikunther Khatha is performed for an exclusively male audience.
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Ramesh Chandra Majumdar meets the poet

28th September, 1917
At this performance Kalidas Nag brings along Ramesh Chandra Majumdar to be acquainted with the poet.
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Amar Dharma

3rd October, 1917
Poet reads an essay Amar Dharma before a Vichitra gathering. It rebuts views expressed earlier in an article printed in the Narayana journal edited by Chittaranjan which is as a rule critical of everything the poet writes.
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Dakghar is performed at Vichitra

10th October, 1917
Dakghar is performed at Vichitra, for a female audience. Stage settings and scenery again create a landmark. Rabindranath, Abanindranath, Gaganendranath, Rathindranath,etc. perform.
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Male audience

11th October, 1917
Performed again for a male audience. Performance repeated on 15th & 16th October.
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Introduction

21st October, 1917
Poet writes a fine introduction for Sister Nivedita's book The Web of indian Life.
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Chhoto o Bado

14th November, 1917
Writes the celebrated essay Chhoto o Bado and first reads it at a Vichitra gathering. The immediate provocation is Hindu-Muslim riots in Bihar over cow-slaughter.
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Reads the essay in Rammohan Library

16th November, 1917
Gives a public reading of Chhoto O Bado at Rammohan Library. Chhoto o Bado is translated into English as The Small and The Great by Surendranath Tagore and printed in the Modern Review (17th December)
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M. Sadler and Tagore

18th November, 1917
M. saddler meets the poet at Jorasanko with a letter of introduction from Rothenstein.
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M. Sadler and Tagore

21st November, 1917
Sees poet again, expresses his desire to hear songs.
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M. Sadler and Tagore

23rd November, 1917
An elaborate musical soiree held at Jorasanko; sadler, Balfour, Sir John Woodroff present.
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Madhurilata

November, 1917
Rabindranath goes almost every day to see his ailing daughter.
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First foundation anniversary of Basu-Vigyan Mandir

30th November, 1917
First foundation anniversary of Basu-Vigyanmandir set up by Jagadish Chandra Bose the year before. Nandalal, Surenranath kar and other artists decorate the mandir. Poet composes for the occasion -- Matrimandira punya angana
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Poet hurries to Kolkata

7th December, 1917
Hurries back to Kolkata from Santiniketan to arrange another musical soiree for Lady Chelmsford, Montague and others.
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Musical soiree

10th December, 1917
The soiree is held at Vichitra Club. The guests are pleased.
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Rowlatt Committee

10th December, 1917
Government announces the formation of the Rowlatt Committee.
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Santiniketan - 27th annual festival (Poush Utsav)

22nd December, 1917
27th annual festival (Poush Utsav) held. Poet takes part and sings a song. The choir of Asram boys is led by Dinendranath.
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Play

23rd December, 1917
Lakshmir Pariksha is performed in the evening by female artists who are congratulated by the poet.
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Kolkata

25th December, 1917
Back in Kolkata.
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32nd annual session of Congress

26th December, 1917
32nd annual session held at Wellington Square(now Subodh Mullick Square), Kolkata, with great flourish. During inauguration Gandhi, Rabindranath, Mrs. Besant, Tilak are on the dais.
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Poet reads India's Prayer

26th December, 1917
Poet reads India's Prayer. The day's proceedings end with the song – Deshe deshe nandita kari --
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Dakghar

31st December, 1917
Dakghar is performed at Vichitra in honour for the Congress leaders; Gandhi, Besant, Malaviya, Tilak and others watch the performance in which the poet acts.
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