Newsclick has won 2 awards at the 9th National Science Film Festival organized by Vigyan Prasar, Government of India for a documentary titled 'The Ganita Story'. The Ganita Story won the special jury award and special award for technical excellence.
The Ganita Story is about the early history of Mathematics with a special focus on the number system, zero and negative numbers, besides Pythagorean theorem and the proof system in Mathematics. It explores the fact that several discoveries or developments in Mathematics, such as the zero and the Pythagorean theorem, came about independently in various parts of the world including ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China, in different times, although some of them may have also influenced one another with the flow of information through these lands. It may not be appropriate to claim that so and so country or civilization was the ‘first’ to discover a concept. The story of the film is told in the voices of well known Mathematicians such as S.Dani and Rahul Roy. The film is divided into two parts: the first part explores the discovery of number system, zero and negative numbers, while the second part is about Pythagoras theorem and proof system.