Born on Monday, May 7th, (Vaisakha 25, Saka Era 1783, Bengali Era 1268).
Admitted to Calcutta Training Academy.
Admitted to Oriental Seminary and later to Normal School.
Admitted to Bengal Academy.
| 1873 |
Goes with his father Debendranath Tagore on a trip to the Himalayas; his first
visit to Bolpur on the way, composes a drama, Prithviraj Parajay.
His poem entitled Abhilash appears in the Tattvabodhini Patrika.
He is admitted to St. Xavier's School in Calcutta.
On the 11th February, in his first public appearance, recites a patriotic poem
at the Hindu Mela.
| 1877 |
Starts to publish poems and articles regularly in his family's monthly journal, Bharati.
| 1878 |
Goes to England with brother, Satyendranath.
Returns to India without completing any course of study.
| 1883 |
Marries Mrinalini Devi.
Is appointed Secretary to the Adi Brahmo Samaj, enters into controversy with
Bankimchandra over the neo-Hindu movement.
| 1885 |
Takes charge of Balak, a monthly magazine for the young.
| 1891 |
Writes his first six short stories including Post Master.
At the request of the Rajshahi Association writes his first criticism of the system
of education, Sikshar Herpher, a logical and vigorous proposal for the
acceptance of mother tongue as the medium of instruction.
| 1898 |
Initiates agricultural experiments on his estates.
Sedition Bill; arrest of Bal Gangadhar Tilak; he reads his paper Kantha-Rodh
(The Throttled) at a public meeting in Calcutta.
At the anniversary of 7 Poush, leads the prayer and delivers his first sermon on
Brahmoponishad in the Mandir at Santiniketan.
| 1905 |
Agitation against Lord Curzon's proposal to partition Bengal. Rabindranath advocates policy
of constructive non-cooperation against the British. On 16th October (the day partition
becomes a settled fact), Rabindranath initiates the Rakhi-bandhan ceremony as a symbol of
unity in Bengal. Leads a huge procession through the streets of Calcutta singing
Banglar mati, Banglar jal.
| 1906 |
Writes a series of articles on problems of education and draws up a comprehensive
programme of work for the National Council of Education.
Initiates organised village uplift work in the Patisar region of the Tagore estates
with the help of Kalimohan Ghosh and others.
Christmas Day is observed at Santiniketan for the first time - the Poet conducts the service.
English Gitanjali published by the India Society, London.
| 1913 |
English versions of Gitanjali, The Crescent Moon, The Gardener and Chitra
were published by Macmillan.
On 13th November, Rabindranath was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
| 1914 |
Gandhi's students from Phoenix, South Africa come to Santiniketan.
| 1915 |
Receives knighthood. Meets Gandhi for the first time.
| 1916 |
Travels to Japan and USA, giving lectures on Nationalism and Personality.
Lends support to Pramatha Chaudhuri's attempts to popularise spoken Bengali
as a vehicle of literary expression and himself contributes to Sabujpatra, his first story
written in colloquial Bengali, Paila Nambar.
| 1918 |
Formal foundation stone of Visva-Bharati is laid.
| 1919 |
Cautions Gandhi against misuse of passive resistance.
Renounces knighthood in protest against Jalianwallah Bagh massacre.
| 1920 |
Leaves for England on a lecture tour to raise funds for Visva-Bharati. Travels
to France, Holland and USA.
| 1921 |
Visits England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Rural Reconstruction Institute at Sriniketan is formally inaugurated with Elmhirst
as its first director.
Visva-Bharati Quarterly starts publication under his editorship. Visarjan is staged at
the Empire Theatre, Calcutta where the Poet plays the role of Jaysingha.
| 1924 |
Visits China and Japan and then sails for South America; stays in Buenos Aires as the
guest of Victoria Ocampo.
| 1926 |
Travels to Italy (as a guest of Mussolini), Switzerland (where he meets Romain Rolland)
and other countries of Europe.
| 1927 |
Tour of Southeast Asia.
| 1928 |
Starts painting regularly.
| 1930 |
His paintings are exhibited at the Gallerie Pigalle in Paris. Other exhibitions follow in
Birmingham, in several European capitals and in USA.
Delivers Hibbert lectures in Oxford (published as The Religion of Man).
Writes The Child, his one and only original English poem.
| 1932 |
Starts experimenting with vers libre in his Punascha.
| 1937 |
Rabindranath falls seriously ill. Prantik (Borderland) poems published. Convocation
address in Bengali.
| 1940 |
Oxford University holds special Convocation at Santiniketan to confer
Doctorate on Rabindranath.
His final lecture, Crisis in Civilisation is read on his eightieth birthday.
Dies 7th August.