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Tagore's letter to poet Annadashankar Roy

3rd January, 1930
The poem Rakhi by Annadashankar Roy attracts Poet's praise. Tagore also likes Annadashankar's prose style. Rabindranath expresses his liking in a letter to Annadashankar.
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Tagore's letter to Satyabhushan Sen

3rd January, 1930
Tagore writes a letter to Satyabhushan Sen saying that his short stories are markedly different from the contemporary English short stories. Hence no need of translation of his short stories.
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Poet arrives at Lucknow

10th January, 1930
Poet arrives at Lucknow.
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Tagore arrives at Kanpur

14th January, 1930
Tagore arrives at Kanpur.
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Poet arrives at Agra

17th January, 1930
Poet arrives at Agra and then starts for Ahmedabad.
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Poet is down with influenza at Ahmedabad

24th January, 1930
Poet is at Ahmedabad, down with influenza. Expresses his apprehension regarding his absence in the ensuing Bangiya Sahitya-Sammelan. He sends his written speech Panchashordhe.
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Poet arrives at Baroda

26th January, 1930
Poet arrives at Baroda.
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Lecture at Baroda

27th January, 1930
Lectures at Baroda--'Man the Artist'.
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Poet delivers lecture at Baroda

30th January, 1930
Poet delivers lecture at Teachers' Training College, Baroda.
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Poet cannot attend Bangiya Sahitya Sammelan at Calcutta (now Kolkata)

4th February, 1930
Poet cannot attend Bangiya Sahitya Sammelan at Calcutta (now Kolkata). Swarnakumari Devi reads out poet's written speech Panchashordhe.
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Poet goes to Santiniketan

5th February, 1930
Poet goes to Santiniketan.
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Tagore attends the annual festival at Sriniketan

6th February, 1930
Tagore is at Santiniketan. Attends the annual festival at Sriniketan. Leonard Elmhirst attends the celebration.
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Stanley Kackson

10th February, 1930
Meeting of the Sriniketan Cooperative Society. Governor Stanley Jackson inaugurates the meeting, Elmhirst presides. The Poet is criticized by the Swadeshis for inviting the Governor.
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Satishchandra Ghatak

February, 1930
Writes to Pramatha Chaudhury asking him to find out the possibility of engaging Sri Satishchandra Ghatak, a contributor of Sabuj Patra, as the Bengali teacher.
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Sails for Europe

2nd March, 1930
Poet sails for Europe with Rathindranath, Pratima Devi, Pupe (Rathindra & Pratima's adopted child), Dr. Suhrid Chaudhury and poet's Secretary Aryanayakam.
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Tagore arrives in France

26th March, 1930
Reaches France. Stays as a guest of Albert Kahn. Painting is in full swing.
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Tagore's letter to William Rothenstein

30th March, 1930
Rabindranath Tagore writes a letter to William Rothenstein inviting Rothenstein to Villa Kahn to stay with him.
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Exhibition at Pigalle

2nd May, 1930
Exhibition of his 125 paintings at the Pigalle gallery starts by the initiative and financial support of Andree Karpeles, Victoria Ocampo and Countess de Noailles.
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Birthday celebrated

7th May, 1930
Birthday is celebrated at Paris by the Indians.
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London

11th May, 1930
Poet is in London.
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Birmingham

13th May, 1930
Tagore is in Birmingham at the Woodbrook centre of the Quakers'. Poet Amiya Chakraborty and his wife Haimanti Devi meet Tagore. Delivers a lecture titled 'Civilization and Progress'
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Manchester Guardian

May, 1930
Following a meeting with the Poet Manchester Guardian reports 'India's ambassador is not Mahatma Gandhi but the poet and thinker Tagore.'
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Hibbert Lecture

May, 1930
Tagore delivers his first Hibbert Lecture on 19th May at Manchester College, Oxford. Principal L. P. Jacks introduces poet to the audience. Two more lectures on 21st and 26th May. All three lectures are compiled as The Religion of Man. Manchester Guardian reports--'No series of the Hibbert Lecture has aroused more public interest than the present one'. Prof. Sarvepally Radhakrishnan is also at Oxford. Bother Tagore and Radhakrishnan are felicitated.
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Quaker Conference

24th May, 1930
Poet attends Quakers' annual conference on invitation. He explains the causes of plight of India. This is the first instance in the 226-year history of Quakers that a foreigner is invited to speak. Answering the query whether India wants freedom, the Poet replies--'There can be no absolute independence for man...Independence is in his nature and it is the highest goal. All that is best in humanity has been achieved by mutual exchange of minds among peoples that are far apart. Let the best minds of the East and West join hands and establish a truly human bond of independence between England and India.'
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Lecture at Manchester College Chapel

25th May, 1930
Poet gives another lecture at the Chapel of Manchester College. The title of the lecture is 'Night and Morning'. A member of the audience comments--'His English is as beautiful to hear as to read…his words are music.'
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Last part of Hibbert Lecture

26th May, 1930
The last part of the Hibbert Lecture is delivered. Sir Michael Sadler, Principal of the University College, thanks Tagore with these words--'We shall never forget in Oxford the gift you have given us and the inspiration you have brought to us.'
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Woodbrook

27th May, 1930
Poet comes back to Woodbrook, Birmingham. Delivers one more lecture.
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Atul Chatterjee

30th May, 1930
Tagore is in London. Stays at Aryabhavan. Meets the Indian High Commissioner Sir Atul Chatterjee.
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Painting exhibition at Woodbrook

6th June, 1930
Painting exhibition of Tagore at Woodbrook, Birmingham in his absence.
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Arnold Bake

4th June, 1930
India House arranges Arnol Bake's lecture on Tagore's music along with an exhibition of his paintings. Tagore invites Michael Sadler and Sir Muirhead Bone.
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Dartington Hall

5th June, 1930
Poet is at the residence of Elmhirst at Dartington Hall, Totnes. Rathindranath with his family stays here.
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Tagore's Open Letter

7th June, 1930
Tagore's open letter (an appeal to idealism) gets published in the Spectator. He writes--'I find it difficult to do my duty today in a spirit of patience and calmness and at the same time to do justice to the Indian cause, to myself and my Indian friends and my friends in this country. For the atmosphere of mutual relationship between India and Great Britain has grown dark with suspicion and suffering...For the sake of justice I must declare that in such conflict between an unarmed people and a government in possession of unlimited power of destruction our sufferings would have been terribly greater under any imperialistic rulers other than the British...'
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Universal Relations Peace Conference

13th June, 1930
Painting exhibition of Tagore at Woodbrook, Birmingham in his absence.
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At Berlin

11th July, 1930
Poet is at Berlin with Aryanayakam and Amiya Chakraborty.
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Reichstag

12th July, 1930
Meets the members of the Reichstag and in the evening broadcasts a talk on the radio.
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Meets Einstein

14th July, 1930
Poet meets Einstein at his residence at Kaputh and later at Harnak Haus.
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Exhibition at Gallery Moller

16th July, 1930
An exhibition of Tagore's paintings is opened at Gallery Moller in Berlin.
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Tagore visits Dresden and Munich

July, 1930
Tagore visits Dresden (17th - 19th July) and Munich (19th - 24th July). A civic reception is accorded to the Poet at the Town Hall (19th July). Visits the famous Deutsches Museum. Poet is deeply impressed by the Planetarium. Spends a whole day at Obermmergau where he witnesses the traditional Passion Play. This show inspired him to write his one of the original English poems The Child (later translated in Bengali as Shishutirtha), which would later be published by Allen & Unwin.
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Exhibition at Gallery Caspari

23rd July, 1930
An exhibition of Tagore's paintings opens at Gallery Caspari.
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Tagore's English poem The Child

24th July, 1930
Tagore starts writing a script for a film. This will ultimately become his long English poem The Child.
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Tour to Frankfurt, Marburg and Coblenz

August, 1930
During 24th July to 6th August Rabindranath makes a rapid tour through Frankfurt, Marburg and Coblenz and gets acquainted with the Youth Movement of Germany known as 'Wandervogel'.
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Tagore arrives in Copenhagen

5th August, 1930
Tagore goes to Denmark, arrives in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark.
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Tagore visits different places of Denmark

7th August, 1930
Tagore visits Peter Maniche's International People's College at Elsinore. Attends a meeting of the New Education Fellowship at Elsinore.
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Exhibition of Tagore's paintings in Copenhagen

9th August, 1930
An exhibition of Tagore's paintings opens in Copenhagen.
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Tagore meets Einstein

19th August, 1930
On his return to Berlin, Tagore meets Einstein once again.
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Poet at Geneva

August, 1930
Andrews joins Poet and travels with him to Geneva. They arrive at Geneva on 19th August. Stays nearly for a month as a guest of Mis Storey.
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Tagore's letter to Rothenstein about Tagore's paintings

24th August, 1930
Tagore writes to Rothenstein informing him about the warm welcome his pictures have found in Germany.
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Dhaka riot

30th August, 1930
A communal riot takes place in Dhaka. Government takes an indifferent stance. Poet writes an open letter to the Spectator--'At Dacca in Eastern Bengal, there have been communal riots in which men of vicious character have been brought in so as to increase the mischief, and the unspeakable atrocities occurred. Yet according to reports which have reached me, the police have either stood idly by or allowed the evil to go on with indifference and contempt.'
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Madam Dina

5th September, 1930
Meets Madam Dina in Geneva.
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Moscow

11th September, 1930
Arrives at Moscow accompanied by Amiya Chakbaborty, Aryanayakam, Dr. Harry Timberes, Miss Einstein and Saumyendranath Tagore (Rabindranath's grand-nephew).
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Reception at Moscow

12th September, 1930
A reception party is arranged at Voks Buildings. Professor F. N. Petroff, President of the Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries presides. In the evening a concert is arranged in Tagore's honour jointly by the Voks and the Moscow Association of Writers at the Club-house of the Association. He meets Professor Kogan, President of the Academy of Arts; Professor Pinkervitch, Director of the Second Moscow State University; Madame Livinoff, Fedor Gladkov, author of Cement, Essev and other writers and artists.
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Tagore's meeting with Professor Petrov

13th September, 1930
Tagore has a confidential talk with Professor Petrov in the morning. This talk has been published only in 1961.
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Tagore meets Moscow student representatives

13th September, 1930
Tagore received representatives of Moscow students and professors at the afternoon.
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Tagore shows his paintings to art critics

13th September, 1930
Tagore shows his paintings to the Director of the Art Gallery and other art critics.
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Tagore watches the play Peter the First

13th September, 1930
In the evening around 7:30 PM, Tagore attends the 2nd Moscow Art Theatre and watches the play Peter the First.
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Pioneers' Commune

14th September, 1930
Visits the Pioneers' Commune (Vocational Training Centre for Orphan Children) where a young pioneer girl of 14 reads a message of welcome. The Poet gives a short reply and answers the questions put to him by his youthful audience and at their request sings his Jana gana-mana-adhinayaka.
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Federation of the Union of Cinematographic Artists

15th September, 1930
Visits the Federation of the Union of Cinematographic Artists.
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Tagore meets Deputy Peoples' Commissar of Foreign Affairs

15th September, 1930
In the morning, Tagore meets the Deputy Peoples' Commissar of Foreign Affairs of USSR.
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Poet visits Union Cinema Association

15th September, 1930
At 7:30 PM, poet visits the Union Cinema Association and is shown the film The Old and the New and famous film director and film theorist Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.
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Central Peasant's House

16th September, 1930
Visits the Central Peasant's House where he has a talk with the peasants and answers their questions.
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Painting exhibition

17th September, 1930
An exhibition of his paintings is opened by Professor Petroff at 3 PM at the State Moscow Museum of New Western Art. His paintings are described as 'a great manifestation of an artisitc life' by Soviet art critics like Krishy, Sedorov and others. Also attends the performance of Tolstoy's Resurrection at the first Moscow Arts Theatre, and of Peter the Great at the Second Moscow Art Theatre, and of Baiderka (an Indian love legend) at the First State Opera House.
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Tagore has a friendly conversation with Deputy Peoples' Commissar of Foreign Affairs of USSR

18th September, 1930
Deputy Peoples' Commissar of Foreign Affairs invites Tagore at 5 PM for a friendly conversation at tea.
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First letter from Moscow later included in Rasiar Chithi

19th September, 1930
At 9 AM Tagore leaves for the Summer Villa of L. M. Karakhan in the outskirts of Moscow. This is done to give sufficient rest to the poet. The first of the letters later will be included in Rasiar Chithi (letter number 2) is written from here on this day.
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Tagore writes two more letters from summer Villa of L. M. Karakhan, Moscow

20th September, 1930
Tagore writes two more letters, one to Rathindranath and the other to his grand daughter Pupumani.
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Moscow Orientalists visits Tagore

20th September, 1930
At 4 PM Tagore returns to his hotel at Moscow. At 4:30 PM he is visited by a group of Moscow Orientalists.
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Well-known composer S. A. Balasanyan visits Tagore

21st September, 1930
Tagore is visited by the well-known composer S. A. Balasanyan who had set many poems of Tagore to music. The composer presents the music notes to the poet.
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Tagore has gone through a thorough medical check-up

22nd September, 1930
At 10 AM the eminent Soviet physician Prof. V. F. Zelenin visits Tagore and has a thorough medical check-up of the poet. He also advises the poet to spend more time in fresh air. Between 2 to 4 PM Tagore goes for a site-seeing excursion in Moscow and its suburbs.
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Visits several places of interest in Moscow

September, 1930
Meets students and answers their queries and tells them about his own school at Santiniketan. Visits the Industrial Labourers' Commune, Central Ethnographic State Museum, The Children's Creche and Kindergarten attached to Moscow Dynamo Works, the Museum of Handicrafts, the Museum of Revolution and several other institutions.
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Tagore meets with the Deputy Editor of Nevo Dvom, the Gypsy Journal

23rd September, 1930
In the afternoon, Tagore has a meeting with the Deputy Editor of Nevo Dvom, the Gypsy Journal.
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Farewell

24th September, 1930
Delivers his farewell speech at a big reception organized in the Central House of Trade Unions--'I am thankful, truly thankful, to you all who have helped me in visualizing in a concrete form the dream which I have been carrying for a long time in my mind, the dream of emancipating the people's minds which have been shackled for ages.' At this meeting the Soviet poet Shingalee recites an Ode to Rabindranath especially composed for the occasion, and the author Galperin recites in Russian three of Tagore's poems and the actor Simonov reads selected scenes from The Post Office.
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Correspondent of Izvestia interviews Tagore

25th September, 1930
Tagore gives a long interview to a correspondent of Izvestia which is a long-running high-circulation daily broadsheet newspaper in Russia.
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Leaves Russia

25th September, 1930
Poet leaves Russia for Germany. Takes rest in Germany for 3/4 days as the guest of Dr. and Mrs. Mendel (friends of Einstein) at Wannsee in Berlin.
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Tagore meets Einstein for the third time

28th September, 1930
Tagore meets Einstein in Berlin for the third time in 1930.
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Sails for USA

3rd October, 1930
Sails for the United States of America accompanied by Dr. Harry Timbers and Aryanayakam.
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New York

9th October, 1930
Reaches New York .
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Tagore arrives at Williamstown

12th October, 1930
Tagore arrives at Williamstown, a town in Berkshire County, in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, for a few days of rest at the summer residence of Bishop Paddock.
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Tagore gets indisposed at New Haven

19th October, 1930
Tagore gets indisposed while at New Haven which is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven in the U.S. state of Connecticut.
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Telegram from Subhas Chandra Bose regarding Tagore's health condition

22nd October, 1930
"City of Calcutta anxious about your illness. ... Wire health." Telegram sent by Subhas Chandra Bose.
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Tagore arrives at Philadelphia

26th October, 1930
Tagore arrives at Philadelphia which is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most-populous in the United States.
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A delegation of Women's International League visits Tagore

31st October, 1930
A delegation of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom visits Tagore at Philadelphia.
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Tagore arrives at New York

3rd November, 1930
Tagore arrives at New York. Stays at a Park Avenue Apartment.
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Luncheon reception by educationist William Heard Kilpatrick

6th November, 1930
Rabindranath gets luncheon reception by educationist William Heard Kilpatrick, a major figure in the progressive education movement of the early 20th century, of Columbia University and others.
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Writes to Spectator

19th November, 1930
Writesa letter to the Spectator from America deploring Gandhi's hesitation to participate in the Round Table Conference, which in the Poet's opinion 'could have been used as a platform where from to send his voice to all those all over the world who represent the future history of man'.
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Tagore's paintings are exhibited at 56th street galleries

20th November, 1930
Exhibition of Tagore's paintings is opened at the 56th street galleries.
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Banquet in New York

25th November, 1930
A big public banquet is organised in Poet's honour at the Biltmore Hotel by 400 leading citizens of New York, although there is no poet or writer amongst them.
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Tagore meets President Herbert Hoover

29th November, 1930
Tagore visits Washington, D.C. and meets President Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of United States.
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Reception at Carnegie Hall

1st December, 1930
The Discussion Guild and the Indian Society of America hold a reception at the Carnegie Hall where the Poet speaks on educational problems (The Meeting of East and West). Helen Keller is present in the reception. After the lecture Keller is trying to understand what Tagore said, through lip-read as Tagore briefly describes his lecture.
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The First and Last Prophet of Persia

8th December, 1930
Tagore speaks on The First and Last Prophet of Persia at a meeting under the auspices of the Bahais. Meets Helen Keller.
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Tagore meets Einstein again in New York

13th December, 1930
Tagore meets Einstein again in New York at 1172 Park Avenue.
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Helen Keller send flowers to Tagore

15th December, 1930
Helen Keller sends flowers and a letter to Tagore.
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Tagore meets philosopher Will Durant

December, 1930
Tagore meets philosopher Will Durant whose book The Case for India had been prohibited entry into Bengal.
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Ruth Saint Dennis raises funds through her dance recitals based on Tagore's poems

17th December, 1930
Danseuse Ruth Saint Dennis, the modern dance pioneer who introduces eastern ideas into the art, raises funds through a few of her dance recitals based on Tagore's poems. The poet gives away the proceeds for the relief of the unemployed in New York.
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Exhibition at New York and Boston

December, 1930
Exhibition of his paintings takes place at New York and Boston.
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Tagore leaves USA

18th December, 1930
Tagore leaves the United States of America.
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Poet at England

22nd December, 1930
Reaches England.
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Round Table Conference

December, 1930
Declines invitation to act as mediator in the Round Table Conference dispute over the communal question.
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Reception by the Spectator

December, 1930
Reception by Evelyn Wrench, the Editor of the Spectator, at Hyde Park Hotel.
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