The Honorable President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam met Dev Benegal and Stephen Fry at Rashtrapati Bhawan today and shared his surprisingly extensive knowledge on the genius mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan with the film-makers.
The President charmed Fry, Benegal and producer Gina Carter with his humor, wit and depth of knowledge. He spoke at length about the world of Ramanujan and the challenge of education in India in being able to allow many more Ramanujans to flourish. The mind can never be imprisoned, said the President and Ramanujan has shown that even with the barest of resources available he could give the world something, the full extent of which we still have not fathomed.
Wishing the project his best and throwing a challenge to the filmakers to make a film which the entire world would see the President then presented Benegal & Fry with a paper that he has written on Number Theory, Secure Communications and Ramanujan.
In his presence, the Ramanujan Film Project was officially launched in a simple ceremony.
Please watch this space for full coverage of the meeting with Dr. Kalam.
Photographs of the meeting will be provided to the press shortly.
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