‘The Trials and Triumphs of G N Ramachandran’

G N Ramachandran is today most known for his Ramachandran Plot, which is one of the few scientific contributions from India which have made it into textbooks. But how many are aware of the story behind it? In this documentary, many prominent scientists including Directors of Institutes, a former Secretary of Indian Science and Technology, and a Nobel Laureate, come together to bring you the thrilling tale of a scientific genius who battled poor infrastructure and controversies to make foundational contributions in Structural Biology and established his department as a centre of world-class research.


This film has won the ‘Best of Festival’ award at the International Science Film Festival of India 2020.

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Language: English

Duration: 40:16

Director: Rahul Iyer

Producer: Vivek Kannadi (Science Media Centre)

Executive Producer: Prof. Harinath Chakrapani

Cinematography: Imayavan Pattabiraman

Editing: Vivek Kannadi and Rahul Iyer

Artwork: Ipsa Jain and Sneha Tripathi

VFX: Rafeeque Mavoor 

Voice Over: Pushkar Sohoni


Harishankar Ramachandran

V Bharathi Harishankar

Manju Bansal

N Srinivasan

P Balaram

T Ramasami

V Sasisekharan

S Swaminathan

MRN Murthy

Krishna N Ganesh

Venki Ramakrishnan

N Yathindra

Vasantha Pattabhi

Andrej Sali

Tom Blundell

George Rose

BJ Rao

Date: 28th Feb 2021

Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Event Details:

5.00 pm - 5.05 pm: Curtain raiser by Dr. Arnab Mukherjee, Faculty Coordinator, SMC IISER Pune

5.05 pm - 5.45 pm: Screening of the movie 'The Trials and Triumphs of G N Ramachandran'

5.45 pm - 6.20 pm:
A panel discussion on ‘The Ramachandran Impact on Indian Science’

 Introduction by:  Prof Harinath Chakrapani, IISER Pune 

 Moderated by: Dr M S Madhusudhan, IISER Pune


 Prof Manju Bansal, IISc Bengaluru

 Prof P Balaram, NCBS Bengaluru

 Prof N Yathindra, IBAB Bengaluru

 Prof Vasantha Pattabhi, Retd (Madras University)

 Prof Jayant Udgaonkar, Director, IISER Pune

 Dr. ‪Gayathri Pananghat, IISER Pune

6.20 pm - 6.30 pm: Comments on the film

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