Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.
The Quantum Indians written and directed by Raja Choudhury celebrates the lives of India’s three great yet almost forgotten scientists Satyendra Nath Bose, Sir C V Raman and Meghnad Saha. The national award jury has chosen the film “for an extremely efficient and precise analysis of the contributions of three renowned scientists in a manner that not only educates today’s generation but also provides insights into complex scientific phenomena in an accessible manner.”
The film tells the compelling and inspirational story of three amazing Indians who revolutionised the world of quantum physics in the 1920s giving us Bosons, The Bose-Einstein Statistics, the Raman Effect, the Saha Equation and India’s first and only Nobel Prize for science. Their work was also responsible for building the science infrastructure upon which much of India’s future was built.
Raja says he wanted to inspire the young people of India and help restore their interest in basic science as an essential and rewarding career path today. To take the message to the youth, the film is now being shown around the world at Indian embassies and cultural centers, in academic institutions, on TV, on the Indian Diplomacy Youtube Channel and on DVD by co-producers Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT).
Raja is now making another science-based film called The Indian Mind that looks at the great inventions and ideas that India has given to the world — from the cotton of the Indus Valley, from the ‘Zero’ to the Bosons and the quest for Mars.
Congratulations to the team of The Quantum Indians and here’s hoping the film influences some young minds and redirects them towards the glory of basic sciences.