National Mathematics Day is celebrated on December 22 across the nation every year. The National Mathematics Day is marked to recognise and celebrate the works of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian mathematical genius, was born on this day in 1887. Ramanujan was born to a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family at Erode, Tamil Nadu.

Mathematics is an essential part of our everyday life and a powerful tool to comprehend the world around us.

The former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on February 26, 2012, declared December 22 as the National Mathematics Day to mark the Indian mathematician’s birth anniversary.

Srinivasa Ramanujan's journey to being a genius started when he sent a letter to a Professor where he mentioned about 120 mathematical theorems.

He joined the Trinity College a few months before World War 1 started. In 1916 Ramanujan was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree.

In 1917, he was elected to the London Mathematical Society. In 1918 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his research on Elliptic Functions and theory of numbers.

In 1919, he returned to India due to his poor health and a year later, on April 26, 1920, he breathed his last at the age of 32.