Shakuntala Devi is popularly known as ‘Human Computer’ was also an Indian author, political leader, and mathematical expert.
She was considered to make complex numerical calculations in her mind so quickly that she effortlessly speaks out the result!
She was born in a family where her father was an entertainer in a circus; soon, she started showing her ability. Her dad noticed her as a kid wonder and took her on street shows where she showed her capacity at solving.
What was truly amazing about the little Shakuntala mathematical skill was that she didn’t get any formal school education due to her family’s financial conditions, yet grown to be one of the most splendid mathematical personalities of her time.
Her incredible capability to perform out the most complicated mathematical calculations without the help of any innovative device gained her much fame, and she, in the end, turned into a worldwide sensation.
Arthur Jensen, an educator of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, tried and examined her capacities and distributed his discoveries in the scholarly diary ‘Intelligence.’ Her extraordinary capabilities additionally earned her a spot in the 1982 release of ‘The Guinness Book of World Records.’
Shakuntala Devi’s CHILDHOOD and LEARNING
- Shakuntala Devi was born in Bengaluru, India, on November 4, 1929, to an orthodox family of Kannada Brahmin. Her dad was a performer in a circus who had challenged his family custom of becoming a priest or an astrologer, to seek after this magician profession.
- Her family was a weak one, as her dad barely made enough to make a decent living. She was unable to get a school education because of her family’s financial conditions.
- She began playing games with her dad when she was three years of age. When she was winning all the games against him, the father thought that she might be cheating. He firmly observed her as she played and understood that she was remembering all the card numbers and their arrangement as the game advanced and utilized this information to rule the match.
- Word spread about her stunning potential, and soon she began showing up at colleges in southern India. She showed her aptitudes to the personnel of the University of Mysore when she was six and proceeded to exhibit her capacity at the Annamalai University. She likewise performed at the Osmania University and the varsities of Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.
- With time she turned into a globally known name, and she moved to London with her father in 1944. She generally voyaged everywhere throughout the world and showed her abilities in some nations, including the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Sri Lanka, Italy, Canada, Russia, France, Spain, Mauritius, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
- She was a successful astrologer gazer and wrote a few books regarding the subject. Furthermore, she additionally composed writings on mathematics for kids and riddles. One of her most noteworthy books was ‘The World of Homosexuals’ (1977), which is the first exhaustive investigation of homosexuality in quite a while. The acknowledgment that her better half was a gay had made her glance at homosexuality all the more intently.
HUMAN-COMPUTER at BBC
- In 1955, she showed up on a BBC show where the host Leslie Mitchell gave her a mind-boggling math issue to explain. She unraveled it like a flash, yet the host revealed to her that her answer was off base as her response was not quite the same as what the host and his group had determined.
- Mitchell then reevaluated the appropriate response and understood that Devi’s answer was the right one, and the first answer wasn’t correct. This news spread over the world, and Shakuntala earned the title of the ‘Human-Computer.’
- Instructive foundations regularly welcomed her, and in 1977 she visited the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA. There she was solicited to figure the 23rd root from a 201-digit number, which she unraveled in 50 seconds. It had taken four minutes for a teacher to compose the issue on the board, and it took over a moment for a Univac PC to explain it.
Shakuntala Devi’s Name in Guinness Book of Records
Shakuntala Devi is remembered for exhibiting the multiplication of two randomly picked 13-digit numbers—7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 on 18 June 1980. She effectively offered the response as 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This fantastic accomplishment of hers earned her a spot in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ in 1982.
- She got married to Paritosh Banerji, an official of the Indian Administrative Service from Kolkata in the mid-1960s. The couple got separated in 1979.
- She died on April 21, 2013, due to respiratory, heart, and kidney problems for quite a while.
- She was honored with a Google Doodle on her 84th birthday celebration on November 4, 2013.
MOVIE “SHAKUNTALA DEVI”
- Shakuntala Devi will be released on the OTT platform on Amazon Prime on July 31.
- It is directed and co-written by Anu Menon.
- It is featuring Vidya Balan in the leading role along with Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh, and Jisshu Sengupta.
- The shooting was wrapped up in November last year.
- Earlier, the film was ready to be released on May 8, 2020.
- Vidya Balan said about the Shakuntala Devi role that stepping into the world of Shakuntala Devi was as intimidating as it was exciting. Her story is inspirational and makes you see how if we believe in ourselves. A direct release on Prime Video will bring Shakuntala Devi one step closer to audiences across the globe where they can watch the movie at their convenience.
TRAILER LAUNCHED ON 15TH JULY
- In the almost three-minute video, we see Vidya known as Shakuntala Devi tackling troublesome issues without lifting a finger that confounds spectators. From going to London to seek after her desire to at long last wedding the man she had always wanted, everything resembles a cakewalk for Shakuntala Devi until she turns into a mother.
- Sanya Malhotra assumes the job of Shakuntala Devi’s girl in the biopic. The two are seen at loggerheads as Shakuntala Devi censures parenthood for overturning her wants, while Sanya’s character wants for a ‘typical’ mother.
- The way Shakuntala Devi is not an ideal lady, and no doubt not the perfect mother, is very obvious in the film’s trailer. This component of dark to Shakuntala’s character may work in support of it’s as the crowd has been served the quintessential toady biopic on numerous occasions in the ongoing past.
- A virtuoso brain can’t be blamed under any circumstance is a fantasy that we have clutched for a long time, and maybe the Amazon Prime Video film will help set up the way that we are on the whole as unsteady as the other individual in the room.
You can watch the trailer here: