Rabisarani Rabisarani

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1st January, 1918
Writes-- Ami jakhan tar duarey
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Students

3rd January, 1918
Poet presides over a rather small gathering of students at the YMCA Hostel.
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Dakghar

4th January, 1918
The second and last performance of the play, Dakghar takes place at Vichitra.
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Poet alone plays three roles

4th January, 1918
There are changes in the cast; poet plays three roles.
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Santiniketan

6th January, 1918
He returns to Santiniketan.
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Illness

15th January, 1918
He's ill, returns to Kolkata.
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Tota Kahini

16th January, 1918
In spite of his illness, poet reads a story at the Vichitra club, most probably Tota Kahini.
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Santiniketan

22nd January, 1918
Back in Santiniketan.
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Letter to Gandhiji

24th January, 1918
In a letter to Gandhiji poet agrees that Hindi is the "only possible National language for interprovincial intercourse in India. But…I think we cannot enforce it for a long time to come."
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Songs/poems

January, 1918
Writes four English poems and six songs between 1st January to 31st January, 1918.
  • There sounded a voice in India's forest
  • The time is loud today and crowded
  • Don your white robe, my brothers
  • Don your white robe, my brothers
  • Let me lay my heart at the feet of those
  • Jagarane jay bibhabari
  • Ore sabdhani pathik, barek
  • Ohe sundara mori mori
  • Alokey kusuma na dio
  • Akash hotey akash pathey
  • se kon boner harin chhila
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Picnic

15th February, 1918
Students and teachers of Vidyalaya have a picnic at Sriniketan; the poet is a picnicker, too.
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song

15th February, 1918
Writes-- Aaji bijana ghare .
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Season of songs

15th February, 1918
Another copious season of songs written between 8th February to 15th February, 1918.
  • Kannahasir doldolano
  • Amar patrakhana
  • Tumi ekla ghare bosey bosey
  • Kon sudur hotey
  • Ay ay re pagal
  • Anek pawar majhe majhe
  • Sabar sathe chaltechhilo
  • Amar sakal dukher pradip
  • Keno re ei dooartuku
  • Takhan tara driptabeger vijoyrathe
  • Ami pathbhola ek pathik
  • Tumi kon pathe je eley
  • Eso eso basanta dharataley
  • Asrunadir sudur parey
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Madhurilata critically ill

18th February, 1918
Madhurilata is critically ill, poet back in Kolkata.
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Andrews

11th March, 1918
Andrews is in Santiniketan, gives a lecture on the condition of the Indians in Fiji.
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Chhanda

20th March, 1918
Writes and reads a long essay - Chhanda - on Bengali rhythm (printed in Sabuj Patra - Chaitra issue) at a Vichitra session.
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Bilasi

28th March, 1918
Saratchandra Chatterjee (1876-1938) who is now emerging as a major novelist in Bengali literature next only to Rabindranath reads his story – Bilasi – at another Vichitra session.
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Invitation from Australia

1918
Invitation to visit Australia arrives around this time. Poet willing to go. But the visit does not take place.
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Letter to Montagu

6th April, 1918
Writes a long letter to Montagu, India Secretary, giving his views on the problems facing India.
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Montagu replies

10th April, 1918
Montagu replies in letter dated 10th April, 1918.
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Narbhup

15th April, 1918
Students of the vidyalaya led by Narbhup kill a tiger. Narbhup is wounded and sent to Kolkata for medical treatment.
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Reminiscences

18th April, 1918
Reminiscences – the English translation of Jeevansmriti by Surendranath Tagore published by Macmillan, New York. But the publication of his Nationalism by Macmillan, New York will be delayed till September, 1918.
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Vichitra

24th April, 1918
Poet is present at a Vichitra session.
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USA

1918
Poet's been displaying a keenness for sometime to go abroad, to the USA if possible (because 1st World War is raging in full fury and the USA is already at war).
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Borrows Rs. 50,000/-

1918
Also borrows Rs 50,000/- from Parsi friend Bomanji to meet the expenses of the proposed trip, but soon returns the money as the trip's canceled.
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Reasons

1918
The reasons are complicated. He is implicated in the San Fransisco Hindu-German Conspiracy case in the USA. A spate of correspondence ensues between the indignant poet and the US and British authorities. Rabindranath even sends a cable to President Wilson "claiming from you and your country protection against such lying calumny." He also writes to viceroy Chelmsford and the japanese Prime Minister Count Okuma in this connection. They express sympathy in their response. But the case drags on in USA. Rabindranath drops his plans perhaps out of disgust.
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Writes to S. Radhakrishnan

8th May, 1918
Poet writes to Radhakrishnan, professor of Philosophy at Presidency College, Madras (now Chennai) in connection with his forthcoming book-The Philosophy of Rabindranath being published by Macmillan.
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Poet is 58

8th May, 1918
Poet is now 58 years old and his birthday is celebrated in style devotees and friends and admirers in Kolkata.
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Madhurilata dies

16th May, 1918
Madhurilata dies of tuberculosis in Kolkata after a long illness.
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The Parrot's Training

30th May, 1918
Totakahini--his withering satire on the prevailing education system-is translated into English by him and The Parrot's Training with drawnings by Abanindranath cover design by Nandalal is published at his own cost. It is dedicated to Patrick Geddes.
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Pearson

1918
Impulsive large-hearted rebel par excellence is arrested in Peking (now Beijing) for espousing the cause of India's freedom, brought to England and interned at his Manchester home till the end of the war.
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Stipend

1918
In his daughter's memory poet introduces Madhurilata Britti in the Vidyalaya.
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Ranu

1918
Young Ranu fills the void created by Bela's death in the poet's mind to some extent. He writes her a number of letters which bring her news of the Vidyalaya as well as delightful witticisms.
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At the Cross Roads

1918
Writes this important English essay on the proposed Montagu-Chelmsford reforms and current national and international situations. Published in Modern Review (July,18).
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Guests

15th June, 1918
At Santiniketan. Ranu has come with her father. Sukumar Ray has come along to help set up the American printing machine and start Santiniketan Press.Kalidas Nag, Ajitkumar Chakrabarty, Charuchandra Banerjee, Nirmalkumar Sidhanta have also come.
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Gujrati students

18th July, 1918
Gujrati students, who have been brought to the Vidyalaya by their parents are admitted to the school.
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Busy with the school

1918
Poet is busy in the school taking a number of classes everyday and will be here till the commencement of the Puja vacation.
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Theodor Douglas Dunn

1918
Poet writes a long illuminating introduction to an anthology of English poems written by Bengali poets edited and published by Theodor Douglas Dunn.
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Guests

1918
Gurusaday Dutta (1882-1941, later of Bratachari fame) and his wife Sarojnalini visit the ashram and the vidyalaya. Andrews' friend Susilkumar Rudra, principal of St. Stephen's College, Delhi also pays a visit.
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Women and girls of the ashram

1918
The women and girls of the ashram, too, receive their share of his care and affection. Poet reads his translations and Shelley's poems to them in the evening.
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Consul general of Peru

12th August, 1918
The Consul general of Peru visits Santiniketan.
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Samabaya

1918
Writes this bengali essay for the Bhandar magazine (Sravan issue) revived by Tarakchandra Roy, deputy magistrate of Birbhum.
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Bhumilakshmi

September, 1918
Bhumilakshmi published from Siuri . It carries an article Bhumi Lakshmi written by the poet.
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Post graduate courses in Bengali in Calcutta University

22nd September, 1918
Vice-chancellor Asutosh Mukherjee is slowly and steadily introducing post graduate courses in Bengali and the other major Indian languages in Calcutta University. Dr.I.J.Tarapourwala of the University asks him to give his on this and the poet writes a long letter in reply. It is later printed in the Modern Review (November issue).
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Puja vacation

4th October, 1918
Puja vacation begins in the Vidyalaya.
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Comes to Kolkata

9th October, 1918
Rabindranath comes to Kolkata with his family.
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Pithapuram

12th October, 1918
Leaves Kolkata for Pithapuram and Madras (now Chennai).
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Veena player S. Shastri

October, 1918
He is delighted to hear the Veena recitals by the veena player S. Shastri. Requests his host, the Maharaja of Pithapuram to send the artiste to Santiniketan for a few days. The Maharaja keeps his promise.
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Kolkata

19th October, 1918
Returns to Kolkata.
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Meera Devi and her son are critically ill

25th October, 1918
Meera Devi and her son critically ill in Hyderabad. At poet's initiative Dr. Naidu and Dr. Lancaster provide necessary treatment and care to them and they recover.
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Technical Dept.

1918
Poet always keen to set up a Technical Department in a big way. Their Parsi friend Bomanji donates Rs 5000/- towards this end and promises to donate a similar sum every year. American windmills purchased and installed in Santiniketan. Electricity provided to all the hostels. A bus is also purchased to provide transport.
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World War 1

11th November, 1918
World War 1 ends, Germany and the central powers collapse.
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Letters to Ranu

1918
Poet continues to write delightful letters to Ranu.
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Write songs in Santiniketan

1918
In a fine flow, writes several songs in Santiniketan in late Nov-early Dec, 1918.
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Poush festival

22nd December, 1918
28th annual festival (Poush Utav) held in the ashram. Rabindranath sings a song during the morning prayers. Among those present are Jaladhar Sen and Saratchandra Chatterjee.
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Visva-Bharati

23rd December, 1918
29th annual meeting of Brahmacharyasrama held, presided over by the poet. Foundation laid for Visva-Bharati in the presence of distinguished men and women from a number of countries who, as representatives of their countries sprinkle earth on the foundation. In a short but historic address Rabindranath asserts," A festival of lights is now on in the worldwide human family--the festival of lighting lamps of knowledge. Only when each nation lights up its lamp in a big way, this festival will be concluded with all participating...the real arena of education is to be found where learning and knowledge are being developed. The main task of a university is the development of knowledge, imparting it is a secondary task...It cannot be done by imitating foreign universities...I have suggested that such an ideal educational institution be given the name of 'Visva-Bharati.'"
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Poet writes to S. Radhakrishnan

28th December, 1918
Poet writes to Radhakrishnan that he has received his copy of his The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore and highly praises the book in his letter.
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Ajitkumar Chakrabarty dies

29th December, 1918
Ajitkumar Chakrabarty dies of influenza in Kolkata.
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Congress

December, 1918
33rd annual session held in Delhi. Madanmohan Malaviya presides.
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