Prithvi Theatre will now show you that mathematics is not just about numbers. In a conference held on Thursday, Prithvi introduced the award-winning play, A Disappearing Number, by UK’s famous theatre group, Complicite.
The play, directed by Simon McBurney, shows the most romantic mathematical collaborations of all time — that of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and his English counterpart, GH Hardy.
And it will premiere in the city for the first time, thanks to the initiative taken by British Council. Prithvi has dedicated the month of July to activities that reflect an unusual combination numbers and art.
There’s a Maths Mela travelling to schools and colleges across Mumbai, an evening of music, maths and more, but the idea sprang up when the director of Prithvi, Sanjna Kapoor, set her heart on the play.
Kapoor says, “It shows that like art, mathematics has no utilitarian use. It is creative and really about the wondrous patterns that play through our lives today.”
It was when Prof Raghunathan, at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), mentioned that he wanted to host the play at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) meet, that takes place every four years that Kapoor decided on the Maths Month.
“It would have been an expensive affair without the British Council’s help,” says Kapoor. Sameera Iyengar, projects director of Prithvi, says, “We spoke to people with science backgrounds and ideated.” The response, she says, has been commendable. “The play and the other events will click because maths has always been a popular subject.”
July 19, 8 pm
Dhamaal — Read or perform a theatre piece related to mathematics.
July 19 to August 5
July 31, 11 am
Film screening of To Infinity And Beyond
August 1, 11 am
Chai & Why?
August 2, 8 pm
Music and mathematics with Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan.
August 9, 10, 11, 8 pm
A Disappearing Number, at Jamshed Bhabha Auditorium.
For any details, call 2614 9546.