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Writes two songs

1st January, 1924
Writes two songs:
  • Jakhan esechhile andhakarey 1st January,1924
  • Ami sandhyadiper sikha 2nd January,1924
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Letter to P. Geddes

1st January, 1924
From Sriniketan writes to P. Geddes about land reclamation and beautification. Adds that temple reconstruction and pond restoration are very much on his agenda and have been put on hold for paucity of funds.
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Invitation

January, 1924
Invited to attend the convocation of Benaras Hindu University. Reluctantly decides to go hoping to meet high profile donors there such as the Maharaja of Baroda.
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Letter to Kalidas Nag

11th January, 1924
Writes to Kalidas Nag asking him to accompany him.
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Writes to Edward Thompson in Bengali

15th January, 1924
Writes to Edward Thompson in Bengali, complains that financial worries are causing his mind to grow old.
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Benaras

17th January, 1924
Leaves for Benaras with Kalidas Nag and daughter-in-law Pratima Devi.
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Santiniketan

24th January, 1924
Back in Santiniketan.
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Writes to Andree Karpeles who does not keep her promise

26th January, 1924
Andree Karpeles has, instead of coming back to India and keeping her promise, married a Scandinavian-Dal Hogman. The poet feigns to be angry and writes in gay humour--"…I forgive your husband for wrenching you away from us with such a sudden jerk--and I hope you understand what a degree of generosity that forgiveness of mine represents."
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Second special session of Visva-Bharati Sammilani

3rd February, 1924
Second special session held in Kalabhaban, presided over by the poet. In honour of visiting French professor of law, Henry Solus who speaks on The Position of Women in French Civil Law.
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Kolkata for a medical check-up

4th February, 1924
Goes to Kolkata, gets a medical check-up from Dr. Nilratan Sarkar. Advised rest.
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Second annual festival of Sriniketan Rural Reconstruction Centre

6th February, 1924
Second annual festival of Sriniketan Rural Reconstruction Centre held. Elmhirst present. Rabindranath speaks on the occasion.
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Third special session of Visva-Bharati sammilani

8th February, 1924
Third special session. Basantakumar Mallick speaks on Doctrine of Equality in Relation to Gandhism.
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Vasantotsav

9th February, 1924
Vasantotsav held at Kalabhaban. Rabindranath takes part and sings-- Tomai gaan sonabo--
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Elmhirst narrates his experiences of China tour

13th February, 1924
Elmhirst narrates his experiences of his China tour at a special session of Visva-Bharati Sammilani.
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Fourth annual conference of the Central Cooperative Anti-Malaria Society

23rd February, 1924
Presides over the fourth annual conference of the Central Cooperative Anti-Malaria Society held at Alfred Theatre in Kolkata.
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Lecture on Sahitya

1st March, 1924
Speaks without using any written address in the Senate Hall of Calcutta University. The first lecture is on Sahitya.
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Lecture on Tathya o Satya

2nd March, 1924
The second lecture is on Tathya o Satya.
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Lecture on Srishti

3rd March, 1924
The third lecture is on Srishti.
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Condolence meeting to mourn the death of Prof. Manmohan Ghosh

9th March, 1924
Condolence meeting at University Institute to mourn the death of Prof. Manmohan Ghosh (1869-1924) who was Sri Aurobindo's elder brother, a great teacher of English literature at Presidency College and a notable Indo-Anglian poet. Rabindranath presides and pays a touching tribute to the late poet.
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Wedding

10th March, 1924
Surendranath Tagore's eldest daughter Manjusree marries Kshitishprasad Chatterjee. Rabindranath blesses the couple, writes the song-- Ogo badhu sundari --for this occasion.
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Ranu's marriage

March, 1924
As far as Ranu's marriage (she's reached marriageable age now) is concerned, certain complexities emerge and worry her parents. Her father Phanibhusan Adhikari wants an early marriage to put an end to all this. Asks for the poet's opinion who is not in favour of rushing things.
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Preparation for the China tour

18th March, 1924
In Kolkata, preparing to embark on the China tour. Writing lectures.
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A few songs

March, 1924
A few songs have been written in March.
  • Dinasesher ranga mukul
  • Ebar abagunthana kholo
  • Je kebal paliye beray
  • Pagal je tui
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Farewell meeting

20th March, 1924
Farewell meeting of about 500 Indians and Europeans organised by Visva-Bharati Sammilani at Alipore, Kolkata to wish him a good journey.
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Departs

21st March, 1924
Sails for Rangoon (now Yangon) en route to China. The Birlas provide Rs 33000/- for the journey. Gretchen Green, Elmhirst, Kshitimohan Sen, Nandalal Bose and Kalidas Nag go with the poet.
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Rangoon

24th March, 1924
Arrives at Rangoon.
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Civic reception

24th March, 1924
Huge civic reception at the Jubilee Hall. The poet speaks in reply.
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Felicitated by Sahityasammilani

25th March, 1924
Felicitated by Sahityasammilani of resident Bengalis.
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Felicitated by the Chinese

26th March, 1924
Felicitated by the Chinese residing in Burma.
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Penang

30th March, 1924
Arrives at Penang.
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Kuala Lumpur

31st March, 1924
Arrives at Kuala Lumpur. Civic reception.
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Singapore

2nd April, 1924
Arrives at Singapore. Takes ship for Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong

7th April, 1924
Arrives at Hong Kong. Invitations pour in from different parts of China. Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen also invites him. Constraints of time prevent him from accepting the invitation.
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Shanghai

8th April, 1924
Sails for Shanghai.
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Meets poet Tsemon Hsu

13th April, 1924
Arrives at Shanghai. Received by the poet Tsemon Hsu, who's also translated his writings into Chinese, and other intellectuals. Rabindranath is busy writing lectures.
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Meets Mr. Hardoon

13th April, 1924
Meets Mr. Hardoon, Hebrew merchant. He will later send Chinese Tripitak to Santiniketan.
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Felicitated at Gurudwara

13th April, 1924
Felicitated by the local Sikhs and Hindus at a Gurudwara. Poet critical of the Sikh policemen's behaviour towards the Chinese. Presented with a Hindi address.
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Poet speaks in Bengali

13th April, 1924
Poet speaks in Bengali, Kshitimohan translates into Hindi.
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Received by Chinese elite

13th April, 1924
Goes to see Dr.Carsung Chang, an associate of Rudolf Eucken. Here he is received by the educated Chinese elite of the city and he speaks extempore. This speech is known as First Talk at Shanghai.
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Hangchow

16th April, 1924
Here he pays homage to the Buddha at a massive meeting of students organised by The Provincial Educational Society
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Reception by Japanese residents

17th April, 1924
Reception given by the Japanese residents of the city at a Japanese school.
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Meets Mr. Kadoorie

April, 1924
Meets Mr. Kadoorie, a poet himself and a leader of the local Jews who donates Rs 12000/- to improve the water supply at Santiniketan.
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Peiking (now Beijing)

19th April, 1924
Leaves for Beijing, travels by river. On the way discusses the future of Asia and the shape of politics to come with companions.
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Nanking

20th April, 1924
In Nanking. Meets the military ruler general Chi ShiYuan and the civil administrator Han Tze-sui who promises to help Visva-Bharati financially and warns that the students of this generation may not pay serious attention to his message.
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Delivers address at Nanking University

20th April, 1924
Delivers an address before a huge audience of students at Nanking University.
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Beijing

21st April, 1924
On the way to Beijing (Peiking).
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Confucius

21st April, 1924
Stops at Ch'u-fu to pay homage to Confucius.
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Tsinan

22nd April, 1924
Here the poet speaks on Materialism and the Spiritual Life at Provincial Assembly Hall.
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Speaks on Santiniketan

22nd April, 1924
Speaks on Santiniketan and Visva-bharati at Shantung Christian University.
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At Beijing

25th April, 1924
Arrives at Chien Men station in the evening. Greeted by a mammoth crowd of students, intellectuals and resident Indians. North China Standard reports the unprecedented welcome given to the poet and hopes that the young generation will pay serious attention to what he has to say and critically evaluate it.
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Ango-American Association

25th April, 1924
Ango-American Association hosts a lunch in his honour at the Grand Hotel. Rabidranath speaks here and says that he came away from the west with the impression that "The nations of the West were looking for some new ideal from the East which would reconstruct their civilisation on a better basis."
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Chinese elite

25th April, 1924
Meets 50 Chinese scholars notable in their fields and distinguished men at a tea party in the famous Throne Hall where Chinese emperors used to receive foreign emissaries.
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Welcome speech by Liang Ch'i-Ch'ao

25th April, 1924
Here in his welcome speech Liang Ch'i-Ch'ao,president of Peking Lecture Association hopes that the poet's visit will usher in a new era.
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Fa-yuan-ssu

26th April, 1924
In this ancient Buddhist temple Rabindranath is received and speaks to the priests and the members of the Young men's Buddhist Association.
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A gathering of more than thousand students

26th April, 1924
More than a thousand students from various universities and colleges gather to hear him speak in the National University auditorium. In no uncertain terms the poet warns young China that those who seek to be powerful using the means of material force do not know history because this is most likely to result in utter ruin.
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Speech

26th April, 1924
Referring to the fact that he has been dubbed the spokesman of a defeated nation by some Chinese students, he asserts --"I am ready to accept weakness and insult and oppression of the body, but I will never acknowledge the defeat, the last insult, the utter ruin, of my spirit being conquered...". Elmhirst writes this speech which produces a positive impact on scholars and literary men.
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Emperor

27th April, 1924
Rabindranath and his companions go to the Forbidden City to see the former emperor of China at his invitation.
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Navy Club

27th April, 1924
Dinner in his honour given by the intellectuals of Peking. In a long speech given by him in reply to the welcome address the poet speaks about a number of things including his growth as a writer.
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Temple of Earth

28th April, 1924
Addresses an audience five to ten thousand strong (mostly students) from the five foot high marble platform at the temple of Earth and introduces himself as a representative of Asia. As usual he deprecates the militarism of the west and upholds the Oriental ideals of peace and fraternity.
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Tsing-hua College

29th April, 1924
Speaks informally in response to a reception at the college. Here too, Communist students, opposed to his views, disribute leaflets criticising him.
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Felicitated by the students

3rd May, 1924
Students of the college felicitate the poet in the evening.
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Theatre Address

4th May, 1924
In which he traces the shaping influences on which his career is delivered.
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Yen Ching Women's College

6th May, 1924
Gives an address before the teachers and students of the college.
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Birthday

8th May, 1924
Rabindranath's 64th birthday celebrated by the Crescent Moon Society headed by Hsu Chi-mo at Peking Normal University. Poet given the honorary epithet of "India's cloud-thundered dawn."
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Chitra

8th May, 1924
English Chitra is performed by Crescent Moon Society.
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1st lecture

9th March, 1924
Delivers the first of the stipulated six lectures at the invitation of the Peking Lecture Association at the massive Chen Kwang Theatre. Communist students distribute leaflets in protest.
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2nd lecture

10th May, 1924
2nd lecture in which two articles are combined is delivered.
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3rd lecture

12th May, 1924
Judgement delivered before two thousand male and female students.
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Rest

13th May, 1924
Cancels remaining lectures, goes to western hills near Peking for rest.
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Peking

18th May, 1924
Returns to Peking, speaks extempore to students of Peking National University who unexpectedly call on him.
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Address

19th May, 1924
Gives an address at a conference convened by Committee of All Religions.
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Speakers

19th May, 1924
Kshitimohan Sen and Kalidas Nag also speak.
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Play - The Goddess of the Lo River

19th May, 1924
Famous actor Mei lan-fang performs the celebrated Chinese play The Goddess of the Lo River in his honour.
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Taiyuan, Shansi

20th May, 1924
Leaves Peking for Shansi.
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Meets Yen His-shan

22nd May, 1924
Meets the enlightened military ruler Yen His-shan, reads address City and Village before a massive audience at Confucius hall.
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Sannyasi

22nd May, 1924
Sannyasi is performed by Chinese students.
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Hangkow

25th May, 1924
In Hangkow. Speaks at a meeting chiefly of youths and students organised by Buddhist intellectuals at Young Men's Buddhist Association. Reiterates his views. Hostile elements in the audience tell him "Dr. Tagore, we can't understand your argument against science."
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Shanghai

28th May, 1924
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Speaks to some Europeans

28th May, 1924
In the evening speaks to a small circle of Europeans known to Bena.
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Visits Japanese school

29th May, 1924
Visits Japanese school on Haskell Road.
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Farewell meeting

29th May, 1924
Farewell meeting in the afternoon organised by Chinese literati. The poet delivers a farewell speech.
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Departure

30th May, 1924
Sails for Japan aboard Sanghai Maru at the invitation of Kobe Tagore Society. The trip is funded by the Society, Mr.Mitsubishi of Sinda Company and Asahi Press.
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Japan

31st May, 1924
Arrives in Nagasaki. Sano-sun who previously taught at Santiniketan and spent some time in India, joins them here.
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Hakota

1st June, 1924
Poet is in Hakota.
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Kobe

2nd June, 1924
In Kobe. Great reception.N.F.Abdulali of the Indian reception committee puts him up.
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Osaka

3rd June, 1924
In Osaka. Speaks to a mammoth audience at Nakanoshima Hall.Miss Tomiko Wada kora acts as the interpreter.
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Nara

5th June, 1924
In Nara. Attends a tea ceremony.
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Osaka again

5th June, 1924
In Osaka. Speaks at two meetings of women.
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Leaves Kobe

7th June, 1924
Leaves Kobe, arrives in Tokyo at night. At Oakama station on the way a number of people board the train to meet him -- among them -- notable Japnese poet Yone Noguchi (1875-1947) and the Indian revolutionary in exile - Rashbihari Bose (1885-1945) and Kesoram Sabrewala who is not allowed by the British Government to teach at Santiniketan.
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Tokyo

7th June, 1924
Wonderful ovation by a huge crowd.
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Imperial Hotel

8th June, 1924
Shifts to Imperial Hotel.
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Visits dental hospital

8th June, 1924
Visits dental hospital; later calls on Taikan-the greatest living Japnese painter-at his residence and sees his magnificent work.
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First public address

9th June, 1924
Gives the first public address of this tour at Tokyo Imperial University, champions oriental values.
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Speaks at meetings

10th June, 1924
Speaks at meetings organised by National Women's Association and Buddhist Young Women's Association.
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International Relations

11th June, 1924
Delivers the well known address on International Relations at Industrial Club. He is critical of Japan’s treatment of China and blames nationalism for such aberrations.
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Meets the cream of Tokyo society

12th June, 1924
Meets the cream of Tokyo society at Viscount Shibusawa's villa and gives the address My School.
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Lecture

12th June, 1924
Speaks at a special meeting of the Pan-Pacific Club held at the Imperial Hotel.
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Meets leading painters of Japan

13th June, 1924
Lunch at Yokoama Taikan's. Meets leading painters of Japan and gives a lecture.
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Mito, Ibaraki

June, 1924
Goes to Mito in Ibaraki province at the invitation of the local youth, gives an address.
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Kyoto

14th June, 1924
Leaves Tokyo for Kyoto.
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The Place of Science

16th June, 1924
Delivers the lecture The Place of Science at the Town Hall.
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At Otani University

17th June, 1924
Delivers an address at Otani University.
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To the Child

17th June, 1924
Gives an address To the Child at Kyoto High School for Girls.
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Back in Kobe

18th June, 1924
Back in Kobe; speaks to local intellectuals and educationists of The Educational Association of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, receives an honorarium of 100 yen.
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Peru invites

19th June, 1924
The Consul of Peru in Japan meets the poet, invites him to the centenary celebrations of Independence to be held in Peru in December, 1924.
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Accepts the invitation

19th June, 1924
Rabindranath accepts the invitation and decides to bring Elmhirst and Kalidas Nag with him.
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Reading

18th June, 1924
Reads his poems at Kobe Women's Club.
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Indian residents of Kobe

20th June, 1924
Felicitated by Indian residents of Kobe at Oriental Hotel.
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Tea party

21st June, 1924
Attends a tea party at the residence of Mr.Muriyama,owner of the famous Japanese newspaper Osaka Ashahi.
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Embarks

22nd June, 1924
Sails for India from Kobe.
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The Soul of the East

June, 1924
Delivers the lecture The Soul of the East on board at the request of distinguished Japanese passengers.
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At Kolkata

17th July, 1924
Reaches Kolkata via Shanghai, Hong Kong and Rangoon.
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Condolence

July, 1924
Mourns the death of Ashutosh Mukherjee in the article Ashutosh Mukherjee in The Visva-Bharati Quarterly (July, 1924).
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Meeting

21st July, 1924
Addresses a crowded meeting of Visva-Bharati Sammilani at University Institute and narrates his experiences gathered during the recent tour.
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Santiniketan

22nd July, 1924
Back in Santiniketan.
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Kolkata

9th August, 1924
Comes to Kolkata.
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Memorial meeting for Sir Asutosh Mukherjee

14th August, 1924
Memorial meeting held in the Senate Hall, pandemonium, two groups of students opposed to each other indulge in barracking. Initially Rabindranath presides, then leaves, asking Chittaranjan Das to preside.
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Sita

17th August, 1924
Sisirkumar Bhaduri (1889-1959), perhaps the greatest Bengali actor of his age and a considerable innovator in Bengali theatre, stages Sita--his first successful production. Rabindranath goes to see it.
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Rabindranath writes to Lytton

22nd August, 1924
Rabindranath writes to Lytton-governor of Bengal-requesting him to clarify his highly controversial remarks about Indian women.
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Preparation for the trip to Peru

28th August, 1924
Busy making preparations for the trip to Peru, South America; also conducting rehearsals for the performance of Aroopratan in which Ranu is to play Sudarshana.
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Invitation by the students of Presidency College

10th September, 1924
Invited by the students of Presidency College, he speaks before a massive audience of Presidency students in the afternoon.
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Felicitation

11th September, 1924
Felicitated at the Peruvian consulate in Kolkata.
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At student reunion

12th September, 1924
Addresses an assembly of the former and current students of Hindu Hostel on the occasion of reunion. Later they perform Achalayatan .
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Aroopratan (a shortened version of Raja)

15th September, 1924
Performed at Alfred Theatre in aid of Malabar flood relief work and Visva-Bharati. As usual it's a grand success. Rabidranath himself reads selected parts. Ranu plays Sudarshana.
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Departure

19th September, 1924
Leaves for Madras (now Chennai) on the way Colombo with Rathindranath, Pratima Devi, Nandini, Surendranath Kar and a few others.
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Madras

21st September, 1924
Arrives. Takes ship for Colombo.
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Colombo

23rd September, 1924
Arrives at Colombo.
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Sails for France

24th September, 1924
Sails for France aboard Haruna-Maru.
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Voyage

1924
During this voyage too, he’ll be prolific as ever and write his diary, letters and other things.
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Poems

1st October, 1924
writes two poems-Purnata and Awbhan.
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Chhabi

2nd October, 1924
Writes Chhabi
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Lipi

October, 1924
Writes Lipi
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Kshanika and Khela

October, 1924
Writes Kshanika and Khela
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At France

12th October, 1924
Disembarks at Marseille, proceeds to Albert Kahn's guest house in Paris.
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Peru

18th October, 1924
Sails for Latin America-a three week voyage- on board the Andes, Elmhirst accompanying him as his secretary.
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Begins to paint on this voyage

October, 1924
Begins to paint on this voyage; different animal shapes--pre-historic reptiles, birds-seem to emerge from corrections made in the manuscripts of poems. Writes Path and Anmana.
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A number of poems

26th October, 1924
Pens a number of poems, says he's never written so many poems away from India. Around end of October, 1924 he is very ill on the boat, confined to cabin, thinks increasingly of death. But never stops writing.
  • Anmana18th October,1924
  • Bismaran 19th October,1924
  • Asha 19th October,1924
  • Batash 20th October,1924
  • Swapna 20th October,1924
  • Samudra 21st October,1924
  • Mukti 22nd October,1924
  • Jhad 24th October,1924
  • Padadhwani 24th October,1924
  • Prakash 26th October,1924
  • Doshar 28th October,1924
  • Sesh 29th October,1924
  • Abashan 30th October,1924
  • Tara 1st November,1924
  • Kritagna 2nd November,1924
  • Mrityur Awbhan3rd November,1924
  • Daan 3rd November,1924
  • Dukkha-sampad4th November,1924
  • Samapan5th November,1924
  • Bhabikal 6th November,1924
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Buenos Ayres

6th November, 1924
Arrives to a great reception though he is only en route to Lima, Peru.
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Down with influenza

November, 1924
He was down with influenza; still very weak, doctors advise complete rest. Annoyed and dismayed to know that the consulate of Peru in Buenos Ayres has as yet received no instructions regarding his visit from their government.
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Peru visit uncertain

7th November, 1924
Peru visit uncertain, poet not fit to travel. Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979), a great admirer of his poetry, comes to see him and get acquainted. A life-long association begins.
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Miralrio

11th November, 1924
Thanks to Ocampo's initiative and magnificent hospitality, Rabindranath shifts from hotel to villa Miralrio (owned by Ocampo's relative) for rest and recuperation.
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Ocampo

November, 1924
Ocampo is now Tagore's hostess, does everything possible in her power to make Rabindranath's stopover here pleasant and comfortable as well as prolong it. Sells even her jewellery to meet expenses.
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Videshi Phool

12th November, 1924
Writes Videshi Phool at Miralrio.
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Letter to Ocampo

14th November, 1924
In a letter to Ocampo, Rabindranath writes movingly--"last night when I offered you my thanks for what is ordinarily termed hospitality I hoped that you could feel that what I said was less than what I meant…an immense burden of loneliness I carry about me...my market price has risen high and my personal value has been obscured. This value I seek to realise with an aching desire...This can be had only from a woman's love...I feel today this precious gift has come to me from you and that you are able to prize me for what I am and not for what I contain." It is also undoubtedly true that Ocampo inspires and impacts the verse texture of a number of poems written in this period and collected in Purabi which will be dedicated to her.
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Atithi

15th November, 1924
Writes Atithi , gifts Ocampo an English translation of it.
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Reply from Ocampo

16th November, 1924
Ocampo writes in reply--"All I received from you has made me so rich in love that the more I spend, the more I have to give. And all I give comes from you…so I feel I am giving nothing."
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Peru visit cancelled

20th November, 1924
The visit to Peru cancelled on health grounds.
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Poems in November, December

November, 1924
Poet writes the following poems in November, December, 1924.
  • Antarhita1924
  • Ashanka 17th November,1924
  • Sesh Vasanta--one of his finest later poems 21st November,1924
  • Bipasha 22nd November,1924
  • Chabi 26th November,1924
  • Baitarani 27th November,1924
  • Prabhati 1st December,1924
  • Madhu 4th December,1924
  • Tritiya 4th December,1924
  • Adekha 7th December,1924
  • Chanchal 10th December,1924
  • Prabahini 11th December,1924
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Chapad Malal

16th December, 1924
Goes to Chapad Malal to spend a few days there.
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Writes more poems

December, 1924
Writes more poems in December, 1924.
  • AkandaDecember,1924
  • Kankal 17th December,1924
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Buenos Ayres

December, 1924
Returns to Buenos Ayres.
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More poems

December, 1924
More poems.
  • Chitti20th December,1924
  • Birahini 20th December,1924
  • Na-pawa 24th December,1924
  • Srishtikarta 25th December,1924
  • Beenahara 27th December,1924
  • Vanaspati 28th December,1924
  • Path 29th December,1924
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President of Argentina

30th December, 1924
Meets the President of Argentina--Dr. Alvear.
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