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3rd January, 1929
Gandhiji's disciple Mrs.Sled pays a visit to Santiniketan.
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Maghotsav

21st January, 1929
Maghotsav is celebrated in Kolkata and Santiniketan where the poet is staying while a choir of Santiniketan students sings songs at the Jorasanko celebrations. The address delivered by the poet in Santiniketan on the occasion is later published under the title Rammohan Ray.
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Sundar

26th January, 1929
Sundar – a musical dance ensemble - is performed at Jorasanko mansion by the students who sang as members of a choir at Maghotsav a few days ago. All tickets sold. This musical dance is performed again on 28th February.
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At Kolkata

27th January, 1929
Poet in town. Inaugurates a Conference of International Religions in connection with the centenary celebrations of the Brahmasamaj.
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Anniversary

February, 1929
Sachin Sen, a young writer and student of the poet's views - writes a book on the poet - The Political Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.
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Burdwan Division

February, 1929
Cooperative Conference holds its annual session at Sriniketan from 9th to 10th Feb, presided over by Sir Daniel Hamilton of Gosaba fame who declares, "If co-operation fails, the hope of India will fail."
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A powerful pitch

February, 1929
Rabindranath in his speech makes a powerful pitch for cooperation and its principles and asserts that is these are followed, the country may well be transformed socially and economically.
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Letter to Amiya Chakraborty

21st February, 1929
In a letter written to Amiya Chakrabarty expresses his concern for the school, says he wants to tighten up the loose ends and regrets that women of the ashram are yet to take their proper place in his scheme of things.
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Received invitation from the Canadian National Council of Education

26th February, 1929
Having received invitation from the Canadian National Council of Education to attend its triennial conference, Rabindranath leaves for Bombay accompanied by Apurbakumar Chanda, Sudhindra Dutta and Boyd Tucker.
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Mahabharat

February, 1929
On the train to Bombay abridges Surendranath Tagore's Mahabharat into Kurupandava.
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At Bombay (now Mumbai)

28th February, 1929
Ambalal Sarabhai put him up at Tajmahal Hotel.
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Embarks

1st March, 1929
Sails for Canada via Colombo, Singapore ad Japan.
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At Hong-Kong

15th March, 1929
Arrives at Hong-Kong. Dinner at the governor's residence.
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Felicitated by Sindhi Hindu businessmen

15th March, 1929
Felicitated by Sindhi Hindu businessmen, presented with a silver box containing Rs 800/- donation for the women's section of Santiniketan.
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At Shanghai

17th March, 1929
Arrives at Shanghai.
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Meets with friend Hsu Shi-mo

19th March, 1929
Spends a couple of days with friend Hsu Shi-mo. Lunch with General Chiang Fang Chen and dinner with Indian residents.
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Kobe

24th March, 1929
Reaches Kobe, Japan.
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Tokyo

26th March, 1929
Goes to Tokyo via Yokohama.
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Hectic and tiresome schedule

27th March, 1929
Hectic and tiresome schedule of meetings, receptions. Felicitation by the Ashahi group of newspapers in the evening. Poet delivers short speeches.
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Yokohama

28th March, 1929
Sails for Vancouver, Canada.
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At Canada

6th April, 1929
Arrives in Victoria, Canada. Greeted by the local Indians, chiefly Sikhs.
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Meets Andrews

6th April, 1929
Andrews joins him here from USA. He's already published in England Letters to a Friend, Thoughts from Tagore, The Tagore Birthday Book and completed writing Mahatma Gandh's Ideas.
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The Philosophy of Leisure

6th April, 1929
Delivers his address The Philosophy of Leisure at the conference of the National Council of Education presided over by governor-general lord Willingdon.
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The Principles of Literature

8th April, 1929
Delivers the lecture The Principles of Literature in Vancouver. A mammoth audience hears him speak and the daily Vancouver Sun writes – "More than any other delegate to this Conference he seized their imagination. They paid him the respect due to intellect."
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Winds up Canadian tour

April, 1929
Winds up his Canadian tour, calls on lord Wilingdon.
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At Los Angeles

18th April, 1929
Arrives by train.
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Short lecture

19th April, 1929
Gives a short lecture before the students of Los Angeles University..
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Embarks for Japan

20th April, 1929
Peeved about the boorish and racist behaviour of emigration authorities, cancels lecture engagements at a number of American universities and at once sails for Japan with Apurbakumar Chanda.
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Birthday

8th May, 1929
Feted on his birthday by the captain and the passengers aboard.
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Poem - Aweary Pilgrim

8th May, 1929
Writes the poem Aweary Pilgrim for the newspaper Ashahi Shimbum on board the ship.
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Japan

10th May, 1929
Arrives in Yokohama.
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Tokyo

11th May, 1929
Stays at he Imperial Hotel. Felicitated by the Tagore Society of Japan at Zozoji Temple. Lectures on Philosophy of Leisure.
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Women's College

13th May, 1929
Lectures at Women's College.
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Indo-Japanese Association

15th May, 1929
Speaks at the Indo-Japanese Association.
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Mitsuda School

16th May, 1929
Lectures at Mitsuda School.
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Mito

17th May, 1929
Goes to speak at Mito – an industrial town 60 miles from Tokyo.
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Count Okuma

18th May, 1929
Count Okuma convenes a meeting to felicitate the poet.
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Philosophy of Leisure

May, 1929
Poet speaks on Philosophy of Leisure on 21st and 24th May.
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Garden party

25th May, 1929
At Mr. Fujiama's garden party.
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Sepeaks at Concordia institution

3rd June, 1929
Speaks on the ideals of education at Concordia institution.
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Yokohama

7th June, 1929
Enjoys the hospitality of the local Indian community.
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Both side of Japan

June, 1929
This visit affords the poet an opportunity to closely observe both the positive and negative sides of Japan.
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Embarks

8th June, 1929
Embarks for India.
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Saigon

21st June, 1929
Received by the mayor. Delivers a lecture in the evening.
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Addresses

22nd June, 1929
Addresses a meeting of Indian businessmen. Sees the museum.
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Singapore

26th June, 1929
Changes boat at Singapore.
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Madras

3rd July, 1929
Arrives at Madras. Leaves for Kolkata.
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Kolkata

5th July, 1929
Reaches Kolkata.
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Santiniketan

8th July, 1929
Arrives in Santiniketan.
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Udayan

16th July, 1929
Starts living on the first floor of Udayan house.
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Criticism about his Letters

20th July, 1929
Some of his admirers have plaintively said that his letters are not exactly what a letter is meant to be. The poet's agreed; he cannot write so-called letters. Those who write good letters sit at the window of the mind and write. He, too, used to write such letters when he was young. Those who have won fame in the world as letter writers are few in number and are basically women.
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Pramatha Chowdhury

July, 1929
Invites him to come and live at Santinketan. Assures him that they will have the kind of accommodation of their choice.
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Tapati

7th August, 1929
Creates a condensed version of Raja o Rani in Tapati, completes it on 7th August.
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Letter to Nirmalkumari Mahalanabis

8th August, 1929
Writes to Nirmalkumari Mahalanabis (Rani) – "Yesterday my pen has borne a consummate play – it didn't live in the womb for ten months. I think it didn't take more than ten days."
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Tree-planting

10th August, 1929
Takes part in Vriksharopana ceremony at Santiniketan.
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Drawing-the-plough

11th August, 1929
Takes part in Halakarshana ceremony at Sriniketan.
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Arrives at Kolkata

12th August, 1929
Arrives in Kolkata to put Tapati in rehearsals and read it to his friends.
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Lecture - Sahityer Swarup

18th August, 1929
At the invitation of prof. Surendranath Dasgupta of Rabindraparishad, Presidency College - Rabindranath delivers the address Sahityer Swarup at Rabindraparishad.
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Lecture – Sahityavichar

21st August, 1929
Delivers the second lecture Sahityavichar. Later combines the two under the title Sahityavichar (printed in Prabashi - Kartick,1336).
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Returns to Santiiketan

August, 1929
Immediately returns to Santiniketan to arrange the rehearsals for Tapati.
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Jatin Das (1904-29)

13th September, 1929
Revolutionary Jatin Das - an associate of Bhagat Singh – dies after a 63-day protest fast in Lahore Jail. The news is received with mourning and sorrow in Santiniketan. Rabindranath saddened and immediately stops the rehearsals of Tapati.
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Sarbakharbatare dahey taba krodhodaha

September, 1929
In this frame of mind writes the song – Sarbakharbatare dahey taba krodhodaha -
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English poem

16th September, 1929
Writes an English poem (later used as the inaugural poem in the book The Religion of Man) for the opening day celebrations of the Indian College, Montpellier, France – founded by Patrick Geddes of which the poet is the Chancellor.
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Tapati is performed at Jorasanko

1929
Tapati is performed at Jorasanko, Kolkata for four days (26th, 27th, 28th September and 1st October). At 67, Rabindranath plays Vikram with great aplomb. These performances with their ground-breaking direction and staging techniques set challenging benchmarks for Calcutta theatre. The second day's performance is broadcast by All India Radio. The first day's performance is seen by Sisir Bhaduri and other notable figures of Bengali theatre.
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Cinema – Giribala

1929
The young actor Madhu Basu an alumnus of Santiniketan, makes a silent film – Giribala-based on Rabindranath's short story – Megh o Roudra.The poet takes time off to improve the script and goes to see the premiere at Crown Cinema.
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Nokuzo Takagaki

November, 1929
Nokuzo Takagaki, a notable Ju-Jitsu expert, joins Santiniketan and immediately starts instructing learners. He'll spend almost two years here; but, unfortunately, there will be few takers for his art here.
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Painting

November, 1929
The poet now devotes more time to painting.
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Sachin Sen

November, 1929
Sachin Sen, a young writer and student of the poet's views - writes a book on the poet - The Political Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore.
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Article - Rabindranather Rastranaitik Mat

November, 1929
Rabindranath is pleased to read the book and writes an article in this connection which is printed in the Prabasi under the title Rabindranather Rastranaitik Mat (Nov-Dec,29).
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Article - Koreo Jubaker Rastranaitik Mat

November, 1929
Writes another political article at this time – Koreo Jubaker Rastranaitik Mat.
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Lecture for Baroda University

November, 1929
Reluctantly complies with the request of Sayaji Rao Gaekwar of Baroda and writes an address to be delivered at Baroda University early next year.
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Poush Utsav

22nd December, 1929
Poush Utsav is celebrated in Santiniketan. The poet attends and speaks.
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Books published in 1929

1929
Yogayog, Sesher kabita, Tapati, Mahua figure among his books published in 1929.
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