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Rabindranath in zamindari estates

January, 1890
Around the middle of January Rabindranath is away in Sahajadpur (Pabna district in Bengal in British India, now in Bangladesh) supervising and managing the affairs of the estate.
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Rabindranath visits Sahajadpur High School

20th January, 1890
Rabindranath visits Sahajadpur High School and writes in the inspection book, "….I did not try to frighten the boys out of their wits by cursory examination…". The school declares a holiday in his honour.
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Rajarshi selected as school text

21st January, 1890
Rabindranath's novel Rajarshi is selected as a text at the Sahajadpur High School.
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Rabindranath is not present in Maghotsav

January, 1890
Rabindranath is unable to attend Maghotsav as he's away in East Bengal (now Bangladesh).
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Rabindranath's First letter from Sahajadpur

January, 1890
The first letter written from Sahajadpur (Pabna district of now Bangladesh) gives a charming vignette of Rabindranath, the family man. He writes in a vein of delightful humour, "..No sooner did I start ranting than your letter arrived. Being easy-going does one no good these days. If I whine and implore, she at once grows furious but backs down completely as soon as I say a cutting thing or two.......There are moments when I become restless for Beli and Khoka so much."
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Bisarjan

1890
Rabindranath writes the play, Bisarjan, using material from the novel Rajarshi during the sojourn in Sahajadpur to satisfy his nephews' demand for a play they can perform.
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Songs for New Year in Santiniketan

13th April, 1890
Rabindranath writes two songs for the Bengali new year at Santiniketan.
  • Naba anandey jago 13th April, 1890
  • Oi pohailo timirarati 13th April, 1890
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Mantri Abhishek

26th April, 1890
Rabindranath recites Mantri Abhishek before an assembly in the Emerald Theatre, while Kolkata is witnessing widespread protest and agitation over Lord Cross' Indian Councils' Bill in the British parliament.
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Birthday

May, 1890
Rabindranath is now 29 and his birthday is celebrated by the family.
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Upahar

12th May, 1890
In Jorasanko, Rabindranath writes Upahar and dedicates it to Mrinalini Devi. Upahar is later included in anthology Manasi.
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Publication of Bisarjan and Mantri Abhishek

15th May, 1890
Bisarjan and Mantri Abhisekh are published.
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Meghdoot

21st May, 1890
Rabindranath spends a few days in Santiniketan. Here he starts writing the early masterpiece Meghdoot from 21st May, 1890 and completes it on 22nd May, 1890.
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Ahalyar Prati

24th May, 1890
In Santiniketan, Rabindranath writes another poem Ahalyar Prati from 24th May to 25th May, 1890.
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Rabindranath attends Raja o Rani performance

7th June, 1890
Rabindranath sees a special performance of Raja O Rani at the Emerald Theatre.
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Starts writing Chitrangada

21st June, 1890
Rabindranath begins writing the play, Chitrangada, in Shilaidaha and will complete it a year later in Cuttak (Orissa).
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Rabindranath leaves for England

7th August, 1890
Rabindranath leaves Kolkata for his second visit to England.
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Rabindranath joins Satyendranath

August, 1890
Rabindranath joins Satyendranath in Solapur (Maharastra).
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Rabindranath boards Shyam

August, 1890
Along with Satyendranath and Lokendranath Palit, Rabindranath boards the Shyam in Bombay which sails on 22nd August, 1890.
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Diary - Europe Jatrir Diary

August, 1890
Rabindranath keeps a diary of the voyage, which will later blossom into the famous travelogue Europe Jatrir Diary.
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Rabindranath's letter to Mrinalini Devi

29th August, 1890
In the first letter written during the voyage, home sick Rabindranath writes,"….My mind was so restless to get back to you…Once I'm back after this trip, I'll stay put and won't budge."
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Another Letter from Rabindranath

6th September, 1890
In the next letter Rabindranath describes the course their ship's taken and fondly wonders,"Don't you like to see it too, little one? You, too, are going to travel this way one day, do you know that? ...You will get to see things you never even dreamt of."
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Rabindranath in Paris

9th September, 1890
Rabindranath reaches Paris, goes and climbs the newly built Eiffel Tower.
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Postcard to Mrinalini Devi

9th September, 1890
Rabindranath sends Mrinalini Devi a picture postcard of the tower and gives her the news.
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Cannot find Dr. Scott

10th September, 1890
Rabindranath fails to find Dr. Scott, his former host during the first visit 12 years ago, at his old place. They've meanwhile moved and gone to live elsewhere.
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Visit to National Gallery

12th September, 1890
Rabindranath visits the National Gallery.
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Theatre & opera

September, 1890
During this second visit, Rabindranath often goes to plays and operas like Gondolires at Savoy Theatre, Million of Money at Drury lane, The Bride of Lammermoore at Lyceum Theatre and perhaps Irving's Hamlet, too. An able actor and director himself, Rabindranath is remarkably impressed by the massive and opulent stage settings and machinery of British theatre, though later he will come to consider all this rather redundant.
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Western music

September, 1890
Rabindranath delves deep in Western music in the evenings in the congenial company of their hostess, Miss Mull, who is herself an expert in music.
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Mr. Advani

27th September, 1890
Rabindranath is invited by their Sindhi friend, Mr. Advani. They dine at the National Liberal Club in Paris.
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C. Voysey

27th September, 1890
Here they also meet the Unitarian padre Charles Voysey.
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Idea of Malini

7th October, 1890
The germinal idea of the play Malini comes to Rabindranath in a dream one night during his stay in London.
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Rabindranath is homesick

October, 1890
Rabindranath is intensely homesick, wants to return at once.
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Satyendranath is annoyed with Rabindranath

October, 1890
Satyendranath is annoyed at this; he wants Rabindranath to stay.
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Rabindranath books berth for return

7th October, 1890
Adamant, Rabindranath books a berth on the steamer Thames bound to sail for India.
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Letter to Indira Devi

8th October, 1890
Rabindranath writes plaintively in a letter to Indira Devi," Is man a machine made of iron that he will exactly follow the rules set for him? …"
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Rabindranath's voyage back to India

9th October, 1890
Rabindranath embarks on the voyage from England to India.
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Writes poem Sandhyae

23rd October, 1890
During the voyage from England to India, Rabindranath writes the poem Sandhyae.
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Writes poem Sesh Upahar

25th October, 1890
During the voyage from England to India, Rabindranath writes poem Sesh Upahar.
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Writes poem Mouna Bhasa

26th October, 1890
During the voyage from England to India, Rabindranath writes the poem Mouna Bhasa.
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Major reading by Rabindranath

1890
Throughout the year Rabindranath reads voraciously – Arnold, Browning, Ibsen, Alphonse Daudet as well as books like Alfred Wallace's Darwinism and Modern Thoughts & Modern Science.
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Manasi published

24th December, 1890
Manasi is published by Kalidas Chakraborty.
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Valmiki Pratibha performance for Lady Lansdowne and Lady Elliot

December, 1890
A special performance of the play Valmiki Pratibha at the Jorasnko mansion in honour of Lady Lansdowne and Lady Elliot who visit the Tagores at Satyendranath's invitation.
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Stage settings for Valmiki Pratibha

December, 1890
Elaborate stage settings and scenery devised for the Valimiki Pratibha play. Roles are played by members of the Tagore family, including Abanindranath and Indira Devi.
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Rabindranath plays Valmiki

December, 1890
Rabindranath himself plays the role of Valmiki.
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Sixth annual session of Indian National Congress

December, 1890
Indian National Congress holds its sixth annual session at Trivoli Gardens in Ballygunge, Kolkata, 26-28 December, 1890.
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Rabindranath attends Congress session

December, 1890
Rabindranath plays a prominent part in making the arrangements and attends the Congress session.
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Brahmo Mandir foundation ceremony

27th December, 1890
Foundation laying ceremony of the Brahmo Mandir at the Santiniketan Ashram. Dwijendranath conducts the prayers, Rabindranath sings songs.
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Theistic Conference

28th December, 1890
Theistic Conference of Brahmo delegates, who attended the Indian National Congress session, is held at Maharshi's Park st. residence. Rabindranath sings three songs.
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Examination success in Tagore family

1890
This year Indira Devi passes the F.A. exam as a private candidate. Sarala Devi graduates from Bethune College in the second class with English (Hons).
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