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Sonar Tari

2nd January, 1894
Sonar Tari is Published.
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Mira

12th January, 1894
Their fourth child – a daughter - Mira (Atasilata) is born.
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Jyotsna Rate

18th January, 1894
This is first poem he's writing after the publication of Sonar Tari.
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Maghotsav

23rd January, 1894
Celebrated at the Jorasanko Mansion. Rabindranath composes six songs for this occasion:
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Premer Abhisek

26th January, 1894
Writes Premer Abhishek, a long poem after Maghotsav; later included in the Chitra. First five-act blank verse play Raja o Rani modeled on Shakespeare in Solapur.
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Zamindar

January, 1894
Rabindranath goes to Patisar via Atrai to manage estates.
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Reading

January, 1894
Reads Bankimchandra's novel Rajsingha on the way.
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Poem Sandhya

20th February, 1894
Writes the fine poem Sandhya while living in a boathouse in Patisar.
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Chhoto Galpa

26th February, 1894
Rabindranath's first anthology of short stories (16 stories) published. Later favourably reviewed in an English journal by young Jadunath Sarkar.
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Ebar Phirao More

6th March, 1894
Writes this famous poem, Ebar Phirao More, during sojourn in Rampur-boalia with Loken Palit. The new note of rebellious impatience, the call to break out of a placid life of ease and peace into strenuous struggle is the troubling impact of his deepening awareness of the sordid condition of his countrymen in colonial India and probably British brutalities perpetrated in South Africa (Zulu War).
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Reads Amiel's Journal

March, 1894
Reads Amiel's Journal (mentions in a letter to Indira Devi, dated 21.03.1894).
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Spends at Patisar

March, 1894
Spends the later half of March at Patisar.
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Letters

March, 1894
Letters written around this period vividly record his moods and remarkable insights into the life of the people.
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Rajsingha reviewed

27th March, 1894
Reviews the novel Rajsingha in the Sadhana (Chaitra issue).
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Returns to Kolkata

April, 1894
Returns to Kolkata in the middle of April.
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Kadambari Devi

12th April, 1894
Writes the dolorous poem Snehasmriti redolent of the late Kadambari Devi's memory and the following ones in a similar vein.
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Poems

April, 1894
Writes
  • Navabarshe April, 1894
  • Dushamay 17th April, 1894
  • Mrittyur Pare 17th April, 1894
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Ohe jibanaballava

20th April, 1894
Composes the moving Ohe jibanaballava on the tenth anniversary of Kadambari's death.
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Bankimchandra's condolence Meeting

28th April, 1894
In Bankimchandra's memory, meeting organized by Chaitanya Library and Beadon Square Literary Club. Dr. Gurudas Banerjee presides.
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Address on Bankimchandra

April, 1894
Rabindranath reads a long address later printed in the Baishakh issue of Sadhana under the title Bankimchandra.
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Bhudeb Mukherjee

15th May, 1894
A significant figure in renascent Bengal, Bhudeb Mukherjee passes away.
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Byaghat

19th May, 1894
Writes the poem Byaghat.
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Biharilal

24th May, 1894
Elder poet Biharilal Chakravarti dies at sixty.
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Songs

May, 1894
Songs are now coming thick and fast and a wedding (wedding of Dwijendranath's son Sudhindranath with Charubala Devi on 25th May) in the family helps unlock his heart.
  • Bajila kahar bina 25th May, 1894
  • Bado bismaya lage heri 26th May, 1894
  • Sundara hridiranjana tumi 27th May, 1894
  • Kato katha tare chhilo balite 29th May, 1894
  • Ogo purabashi ami dware 30th May, 1894
  • Amare karo tomar bina 1st June, 1894
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Essay Biharilal Published

June, 1894
Rabindranath pays his tribute in an essay titled Biharilal, published in the Ashad issue of Sadhana.
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Raja o Rani

12th June, 1894
In the second edition published now, Rabindranath drastically revises the play, and says so in a letter he writes to Pramatha Chowdhury, now in Oxford.
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Honoured

17th June, 1894
Is elected vice-President of Bangiya Sahitya Parishat. The other vice-President is poet Nabin Ch. Sen.
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Writes to Pramathanath

21st June, 1894
Another visit to Shilaidaha to manage affairs of estates. Writes to Pramathanath, "..I'll have to spend the rainy season in a boathouse. A number of books and a few copy books will go with me."
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Letters to Indira Devi from Shilaidaha

June, 1894
Numerous letters written to Indira around this time testify to the fact that lonely though he is, he is remarkably at one with nature. Letters 122, 123 for example.
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Hammergren

3rd July, 1894
Hammergren, the swedish Brahma and teacher of French to Abanindranath and others, dies. He is cremated at Nimtolla burning ghat by the Brahmas according to his last wish.
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Reaction

July, 1894
The orthodox Hindu press reacts virulently to this 'mlechha' act.
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Rabindranath's Reply

July, 1894
Rabindranath's stinging reply Bideshiya Atithi ebang Deshiya Atithya printed in the Sravan issue of the Sadhana.
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Kadi o Komal

18th July, 1894
2nd edition of Kadi o Komol anthology published.
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Quarterly meeting at Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

29th July, 1894
Attends the third quarterly meeting of the Parishad.
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Committee on Bengali Terminology

29th July, 1894
Committee formed to develop Bengali terminology of different kinds. Rabindranath on the committee.
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Raja o Praja

July, 1894
Publishes this satirical political article in the Sravan issue of Sadhana. Writes, "Not only in India, but in England too, the idea is gradually gaining ground that Europe's policies are meant for Europe only. Indians are such a different race that civilised policies are not entirely fit for them." He is indeed thus developing a new variety of discourse in bengali prose .
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Shilaidaha

August, 1894
Spends the greater part of August there.
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River Padma in the rains

August, 1894
Letters written around this period to Indira speak lyrically of the different moods of the great river Padma in the rains.
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Kolkata

August, 1894
Back in Kolkata.
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Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

26th August, 1894
Attends the third quarterly meeting of the Parishad.
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Introduction of Bengali at High School and College

26th August, 1894
Attends quarterly meeting at Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, introduction of Bengali at the high school and college levels discussed. A circular letter containing the proposal to be circulated among the cognoscenti.
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Essay contest

August, 1894
Rabindranath made a judge in an essay contest organised by Chaitanya library and Beadon Square literary Club. Other judges – Jyotirindranath and Haraprasad Sastri.
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Apamaner Pratikar

August, 1894
Continues the line of political articles with the piece Apamaner Pratikar in the Sadhana (Bhadra issue).
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Editor of Sadhana

1st September, 1894
Takes over as editor of Sadhana after Sudhindranath ceases to be editor.
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Nabin Ch. Sen

September, 1894
Meets elder poet Nabin Chandra sen of Palasir Yuddha fame at his Ranaghat residence.
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Sahajadpur

4th September, 1894
Goes to Sahajadpur.
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Patisar

10th September, 1894
Arrives in Patisar.
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Dighpatia

20th September, 1894
Goes there by boat to see his friend Rajkumar of Dighpatia, Saratkumar Roy.
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Boalia

22nd September, 1894
On his way to Boalia writes to Indira celebrating the golden sunlight of early autumn, "I am so intensely fond of light and sky! ...When he died, Goethe had said, More light! If I could express any wish of mine at the time (of my death), I would say: More light and more space!"
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Folk Rhymes

1st October, 1894
At the annual session of Chaitanya Library and Beadon Square Literary Club held at Minerva Theatre, reads an essay on women's folk rhymes.
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Meyeli Chhada

October, 1894
Later published as Meyeli Chhada in Sadhana.
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Santiniketan

October, 1894
Spends the rest of October there.
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Short Story Collection

5th October, 1894
Three collections of short stories, viz. Bichitra Galpa 1 & 2 and Kathachatushtay, featuring 19 pieces, published.
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Sadhana

October, 1894
Writes the poem Sadhana in Santiniketan.
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Article

October, 1894
Writes another political article critical of the British, Subicharer Adhikar.
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Editor

October, 1894
Initiates steps to improve the management of Sadhana.
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Trustee

20th October, 1894
He is made a Trustee of the Bhawanipore Brahmasamaj.
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Manamohan Ghosh

October, 1894
Acquaintance and friendship renewed with Manmohan, Aurobindo's elder brother, famous teacher of English literature at Presidency College and well-known Indo-Anglian poet.
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6th Monthly Meeting at Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

4th November, 1894
Attends 6th monthly meeting presided over by Ramesh Chandra Dutta.
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Sadhana published under Rabindranath's editorship

30th November, 1894
Sadhana, the first issue of the fourth year of its existence, is published directly under the poet's editorship.
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Prayaschitta, Subicharer Adhikar

30th November, 1894
As usual, Rabindranath is the major contributor, with 6 of the 11 pieces to his credit including the short story Prayaschitta and Subicharer Adhikar.
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Review of Dwijendralal's Aryagatha

30th November, 1894
Also reviews in this issue Dwijendralal Roy's book of verse Aryagatha.
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Returns from Shilaidaha

December, 1894
Returns from Shilaidaha in the middle of December.
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Festival

21st December, 1894
Goes to Santiniketan, takes part in the 4th annual Brahma festival.
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Vicharak published in Sadhana

December, 1894
The well-known short story – Vicharak is published in the Poush issue of Sadhana.
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