NIAS Public Lecture: “Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Sequences and Fractals in Mathematics, Nature and the Art” by Mr. Balan Nambiar, JRD Tata Auditorium, 1800 hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560012

(As part of NIAS–DST Training Programme on “Science, Technology and Innovation Policy”)



 “Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Sequences and Fractals in

Mathematics, Nature and the Art”



Mr. Balan Nambiar

Painter, Sculptor & Photographer


Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6.00 PM (Coffee/Tea – 5.30 PM), JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


Absract: Golden Ratio, i.e. 1:1.618…, is one of the favourite numbers for mathematicians, scientists, architects, philosophers and creative people through centuries. This ratio, also known as Golden Mean or Divine Proportion, was seen applied by architects and sculptors in Greece from 5th to 3rd century BC. Since then, this proportion has been applied in art, architecture and other creative works in different cultures as in Rome, Mesopotamia and India. During the 13th century, the Italian mathematician Fibonacci codified sequences of numbers to show the Golden Ratio to the world. The sequence attributed to Fibonacci has been found in classical Sanskrit poems. Later mathematicians showed how the Fibonacci sequence could be found in fractals, nature and creative works. Many artists and architects in history have consciously or by instinct incorporated these numbers and shapes in their creative works.

About the Speaker:- 

Balan Nambiar  is a painter, sculptor, enamellist and a photographer. He is also a research scholar on ritual art forms of Kerala and Tulunadu. The awards he received include the State and National Awards for his creative works ~ sculpture ~ of LKAs and Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture and the Nehru Fellowship (1982-85) from the Jawaharlal Nehru Foundation for his academic research. He has published 18 research papers so far. He is a recipient of Academy Fellowship of the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy. He was a member of Central Advisory Board on Culture of the Ministry of Culture, Acting Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, Apex Committee of the National Gallery of Modern Art, etc.  He has been a Senior Associate of the NIAS from the first year of it’s founding. 




All are cordially invited

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For further information, please contact Prof. V Bhujanga

Wednesday, March 22, 2017