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Dr. Founcher leaves Santiniketan

1st January, 1920
Dr. Founcher, a professor of Sanskrit of the University of Paris, leaves Santiniketan after visiting the Ashram with his wife and Professor Ramaprasad Chanda (1873-1942), a famous archeologist from Kolkata.
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Maharshi's death anniversary observed

20th January, 1920
Rabindranath delivers a lecture at Ashram temple on the occasion of Maharshi's 16th death anniversary.
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Maghotsav

25th January, 1920
Poet delivers two lectures at Santiniketan temple as part of Maghotsav celebration. The Ashram (January, 1920 issue) publishes the crux of his lectures – 'We have constantly to remind ourselves to awake and realise the infinite mercy of God by giving ourselves fully and partially to all'.
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Poet writes to Sadler

26th January, 1920
Rabindranath writes to Sir Michael Sadler, asking for his permission to dedicate his book The Centre of Indian Culture to Sir Sadler as a token of his (Poet's) admiration for his (Sadler's) personality and for the work he has done for Indians with sympathy and thoroughness.
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Frederik van Eeden

1st February, 1920
Tagore writes to Dutch poet Frederik van Eeden in connection with the 'cruel sense of despair as to what a great calamity Europe has brought upon the rest of the world.'
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Prasad Chatterji

9th February, 1920
Arrangements are made to publish a commemorative volume on Prasad Chatterji, the deceased son of Ramananda Chatterji. The poet writes to Ramananda encouraging him to carry on with the work and sends him a small article on Prasad.
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Lord Ronaldshay

15th February, 1920
Governor Earl of Ronaldshay visits Santiniketan.
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Writes to Nagendranath

26th February, 1920
Poet writes to Nagendranath Mukhopadhyay expressing his inability to attend the foundation ceremony of Krittibas-monument at Phulia due to his ailing health.
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Invitation from Gandhiji

11th March, 1920
Gandhiji invites Tagore to visit Gujarat.
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On way to Gujarat

25th March, 1920
Rabindranath starts for Gujarat along with Kshitimohan Sen, Santoshchandra Majumdar and Pramathanath Bishi.
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Address at Gujarat Sahitya Sammelan

2nd April, 1920
Poet delivers a lecture at Gujarat Sahitya Sammelan. This lecture would later be included in Lectures and Addresses (published in 1928) under the title 'Construction versus Creation'.
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Poet at Sabarmati

2nd April, 1920
Poet spends a night at Sabarmati Ashram.
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Returns to Bombay

10th April, 1920
Rabindranath returns to Bombay via Ahmedabad after visiting Bhavnagar, Kathiyawar, Limdi, etc.
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Lecture at Bombay

11th April, 1920
Delivers a lecture at Bombay on an invitation from students – this lecture gets published in The Indian Daily News on 13.04.1920.
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Lecture at Bombay University

16th April, 1920
Delivers a lecture at Bombay University on Education. Starts for Baroda.
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Felicitation at Baroda

18th April, 1920
The poet is felicitated at Baroda.
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Lokamanya Tilak

27th April, 1920
Poet visits Puna to meet Lokamanya Tilak to express his admiration for Tilak. Historian Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay accompanies Poet.
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Leaves Bombay

1st May, 1920
Poet leaves Bombay for Calcutta.
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Reaches Calcutta

3rd May, 1920
Reaches Calcutta.
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Starts for Bombay

12th May, 1920
As during his tour of South India, so also on his tour of North India, Tagore took every opportunity to propagate the ideals of his newly established Visva-Bharati. A few days after the celebration of his fifty-ninth birth anniversary in Calcutta, it is decided that Tagore should go to the West to speak about Visva-Bharati and raise funds for it. Poet leaves Calcutta on 12th May, 1920 for Bombay accompanied by Rathindranath and Pratima Devi.
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Sails from Bombay

15th May, 1920
Sails from Bombay by S. S. Moria for Europe. On board the ship Tagore has long talks with the Aga Khan who reads out to him from Hafiz and discusses Sufism. Tagore translates during the voyage some of his Santiniketan sermons later published as Thought Relics.
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Reaches Plymouth

5th June, 1920
Tagore Lands at Plymouth and is received by Pearson and Kedarnath Dasgupta. Tagore meets Pearson after four years. Stays at Kensington Palace Mansions Hotel.
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Rothenstein meets Tagore

6th June, 1920
William Rothenstein meets Tagore at the Hotel.
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Tagore and British friends

June, 1920
In London, Oxford and Cambridge Tagore renews old acquaintances and makes new ones like Cunningham-Graham, Nikolas Roerich, Gilbert Murray, T.E. Lawrence, Laurence Binyon and others. Several of Poet's English friends keep themselves aloof from the Poet on the issues of Poet's outspoken comments on the character of the British rule in India and the renunciation of his Knighthood.
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Lord Sinha meets Tagore

13th June, 1920
Lord Satyendraprasanna Sinha and Sir Krishnagovinda Gupta meet Tagore to have a discussion on Jaliwanwala massacre.
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Lecture at Oxford

20th June, 1920
Reads an article titled 'The Message of the Forest' at Oxford University. The Poet gets introduced to Stella Kramrisch and invites her to visit Santiniketan. Goes to Cambridge on the same day.
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Meeting with John Anderson

22nd June, 1920
Rabindranath meets civilian John Anderson, an admirer of Bengali language and culture, at Cambridge. Has his lunch with Prof. Lowes Dickinson.
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Felicitation at Caxton Hall

24th June, 1920
The Poet gets felicitated by the Union of the East and West Society at Caxton Hall. The noted Economist John Maynard Keynes is present.
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Centre of Indian Culture'

25th June, 1920
Reads 'Centre of Indian Culture' at the Shakespeare Hut of YMCA.
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Muirhead Bone

26th June, 1920
Poet stays as a guest of Sir Muirhead Bone for about a week.
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Abala Basu

7th July, 1920
On request of Lady Abala Basu, wife of Jagadishchandra Basu, Tagore reads his poem at Automobile Club.
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Party at Rothenstein's place

9th July, 1920
Poet attends a party at Rothenstein's residence. Meets W. B. Yeats. Poet sings from Gitanjali on request of Yeats.
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To Bristol

10th July, 1920
Goes to Bristol with Pratima Devi and Pearson.
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Rammohan's graveyard

11th July, 1920
Visits Raja Rammohan Roy's graveyard.
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The King of Dark Chamber

11th July, 1920
The King of Dark Chamber is staged by the students of Clifton Boarding School. The poet is moved by the acting.
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House of Lords

19th July, 1920
A debate regarding the Jaliwanwalabag massacre takes place at the House of Lords. Tagore writes to Lloyd George, the Prime Minister of England requesting him to appoint Mr. Montague, Secretary of State for India, as the next Viceroy of India.
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Horace Plunket

20th July, 1920
Tagore meets Sir Horace Plunket at latter's flat at May-Fair. Discussion regarding the cooperative movement of Ireland took place.
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Wigmore Hall

28th July, 1920
5 Natya Kabya (for example Bidai Abhishap) of Rabindranath are staged at Wigmore Hall by Union of East and West. Tagore is present. Sarojini Naidu introduces all the 5 dramas. Tagore also recites Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka at the same day.
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Tagore reads his essay

29th July, 1920
Rabindranath reads his essay 'Some Songs of the Village Mystics in Bengal' at Wigmore Hall.
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Susan Owen

1st August, 1920
Susan Owen, mother of one of leading English poet and a soldier of first world war, Wilfred Owen, writes to Rabindranath how her son admired Tagore. Rabindranath was young Owen's favourite poet.
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Paris

6th August, 1920
Rabindranath goes to Paris as a guest of Albert Kahn and stays at his Autour du Monde after spending some days in a hotel in Paris.
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Sees Faust

7th August, 1920
Sees the play Faust at Grand opera.
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Sylvain Levi

August, 1920
Meets Andree & Suzzane Karpeles. Meets Sylvain Levi and invites him to come to Santiniketan.
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Rheims

21st August, 1920
Visits war affected city Rheims with Kahn.
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Henri Bergson

24th August, 1920
Meets Henri Bergson, a professor of Philosophy at College de France.
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Noailles

16th September, 1920
Meets Comtesse de Noailles, the famous French poetess.
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Gide and Rolland

September, 1920
Tagore also meets Andre Gide and Romain Rolland.
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To Holland

18th September, 1920
Starts for Amsterdam, the capital of Holland by train. Stays at Huizen as a guest of E. H. van Eeghen & Mary van Eeghen-Boissevain.
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Church of the Free Christians

23rd September, 1920
Reads his essay 'Some songs of the Village Mystics in Bengal' at Church of the Free Christians.
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Leiden University

25th September, 1920
Delivers a lecture at Leiden University, Netherlands.
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Amsterdam University

27th September, 1920
Delivers two lectures at Amsterdam University on 26th and 27th September. The title of 27th's lecture is 'Ideal of Education'.
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Utrecht University

28th September, 1920
Delivers another lecture, titled 'The Message of the Forest' at the Utrecht University.
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Heinrich Meyer-Benfey & Helene Meyer-Franck

29th September, 1920
Poet meets Heinrich Meyer-Benfey & Helene Meyer-Franck from Germany.
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Visits International School for Philosophy

29th September, 1920
Visits International School for Philosophy at Amersfoot and reads his essay 'Some Village Mystics of Bengal'.
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The Hague

30th September, 1920
The poet is at The Hague. Reads from his Gitanjali and Fruit Gathering at the Theosophical Society. In the evening on the same day reads his article 'The Meeting of the East and West'.
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Antwerp

2nd October, 1920
Tagore is at Antwerp. Reads his essay 'The Meeting of the East and West' which was arranged by the Royal Artistic Circle.
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Lecture at Palais de Justice

4th October, 1920
Reads the essay 'The Meeting of the East and West' at Palais de Justice.
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Letter to Rothenstein

6th October, 1920
Writes to Rothenstein from Belgium expressing his unhappiness about the British rule – 'You must know that the downfall of your Empire is imminent when the moral downfall of your people is proceeding in a rapid pace.'
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Paris

7th October, 1920
Tagore goes to Paris with Pearson. Rathindranath goes to England with Pratima Devi for latter's treatment.
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Poet to America

21st October, 1920
Rabindranath sails for America.
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Reaches New York

28th October, 1920
Reaches New York. Stays at Anglo Queen Hotel.
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Prince and Pauper

3rd November, 1920
Sees the stage show of Prince and Pauper (of Mark Twain) at the Booth Theatre.
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Letter to Andrews

4th November, 1920
Being perturbed by the visit of Shaukat Ali, a Khilafatist, at Santiniketan, Poet writes to Andrews – 'Keep Santiniketan away from the turmoils of politics. I know, that the political problem is growing in intensity in India and its encroachment is difficult to resist. But, all the same we must never forget that our mission is not political. Where I have my politics, I do not belong to Santiniketan.'
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Society of Friends

6th November, 1920
Attends a meeting of the Society of Friends. Poet campaigns for Santiniketan and Visva-Bharati.
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Brooklyn Academy of Music

10th November, 1920
Delivers a lecture at the Brooklyn Academy of Music – 'The Meeting of East and West'.
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Bryn Mawr College

12th November, 1920
Reads his essay 'Some Songs of the Village Mystics in Bengal' at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia.
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Lecture at Park Theatre

16th November, 1920
A lecture ('The Meeting of the East and West') of Tagore is arranged at Park Theatre in New York by League of Political Education.
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The Poet's Religion'

21st November, 1920
The essay 'The Poet's Religion' is read by Tagore at Brooklyn Public School auditorium. Arrangements are made by Brooklyn Civic Forum. This essay is written on the way to England and is read here for the first time.
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The Spirit of Literature'

23rd November, 1920
Poet delivers his second lecture at Park Theatre. Reads his essay 'The Spirit of Literature'. League of Political Education arranges this lecture.
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Harvard

7th December, 1920
The poet is at Harvard. Discussion with James Haughton Woods regarding fund raising for Visva-Bharati.
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Tagore's plays staged at Garrick Theatre

10th December, 1920
Sacrifice and The Post Office are staged at the Garrick Theatre, New York.
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Swarthmore College

14th December, 1920
The poet is at Swarthmore College, Philadelphia. Reads the essay 'The Meeting of the East and West'.
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Poet at New York

18th December, 1920
A dinner is arranged in honour of Tagore at Hotel Astor at New York by Society of Arts and Sciences.
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