World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Devdutt Pattanaik

Article Id: WHEBN0016304492
Reproduction Date:

Title: Devdutt Pattanaik  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: LGBT topics and Hinduism, Lit for Life, LGBT themes in mythology, Hindu mythology
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik
Born 11 December 1970 (1970-12-11) (age 45)
Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation mythologist, writer, columnist
Known for Myth = Mithya, Business Sutra, The Pregnant King,
Jaya: An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata
Website .com.Devduttwww

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (born 11 December 1970) is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology,[1][2] and also management. He has written over 600 articles and 30 books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Business Sutra: An Indian Approach to Management, Shikhandi: And Other Tales they Don't Tell You.[3]

He is the former chief belief officer of Future Group, one of India's largest retailers,.[4][5] He writes a column for the newspaper MiD DAY.[6]

Early life and education

Devdutt Pattanaik is an Oriya, born and brought up in Mumbai, he spent his childhood and student life in Chembur, Mumbai.[6] He graduated in medicine (M.B.B.S.) from Grant Medical College, Mumbai and subsequently did a course in Comparative Mythology from Mumbai University, (Devdutt is not a historian or archaeologist).[7]


He worked in the pharma and healthcare industry (Sanofi Aventis and Apollo Group of Hospitals,[8] respectively) for 14 years and spent his spare time writing articles and books on mythology, which eventually became his full-time passion. He has also worked as a consultant at Ernst and Young. His first book Shiva: An Introduction was published in 1997.[9] Devdutt illustrates most of his own books.[10]

He was a speaker at the first TED conference in India held in November 2009.[11][12]

On August 2010, he was invited by the ICCR to Colombia. He presented a paper at a conference on "Subjective World or Mythology of Identity" to an audience of 400 people, including members of the Indian community in Colombia, members of the Association of Friends of India, special guests, and the academic community. The illustrated lecture served to explain the cultural differences between East and West. On 27 August Dr. Pattanaik gave a similar talk at EAFIT university in Medellin.

He has done a television show on CNBC-TV18 with host Menaka Doshi called Business Sutra. The shows draws business lessons from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

He is also a story consultant to Indian television network Star TV[13] and Epic TV.[14] He also serves at the Culture Consultant to Reliance Industries Ltd.[14]

Personal life

Dr. Pattanaik currently resides in Mumbai.


  • Shiva: An Introduction. Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd., 1997. ISBN 978-81-8462-013-9.
  • Vishnu: An Introduction. Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd., 1999. ISBN 81-87111-12-7.
  • The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine. Inner Traditions/ Bear & Company, 2000. ISBN 978-0-89281-807-5.
  • Devi, The Mother-Goddess: An Introduction. Vakils, Feffer, and Simons Ltd., 2000. ISBN 978-81-87111-91-7.
  • Hanuman: An Introduction. Vakils, Feffer and Simons Ltd., 2001. ISBN 978-81-87111-94-8.
  • Lakshmi, The Goddess of Wealth and Fortune: An Introduction. Vakils, Feffer, and Simons Ltd., 2003. ISBN 978-81-8462-019-1.
  • Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent. Inner Traditions/ Bear & Company, 2003. ISBN 978-0-89281-870-9.
  • Shiva to Shankara: Decoding the Phallic Symbol. Indus Source, India. 2006. ISBN 81-88569-04-6.
  • Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology. Penguin Books India, 2006. ISBN 9780143099703. Translations: Hindi.
  • The Pregnant King. Penguin Books India, 2008. ISBN 9780143063476.
  • 7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art. Westland Ltd., 2009. ISBN 9788189975678. Translations: Gujarati, Hindi.
  • The Book of Ram. Penguin Books India, 2009. ISBN 9780143065289.
  • Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Penguin Books India, 2010 ISBN 9780143104254. Translations: Hindi, Marathi, Tamil.
  • Hanuman's Ramayan. Tulika Publishers, 2010. ISBN 9788181467515.
  • 99 Thoughts on Ganesha: Stories, Symbols and Rituals of India's Beloved Elephant-headed Deity. Jaico Publishing House, 2011. ISBN 978-81-8495-152-3. Translations: Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu.
  • 7 Secrets of Shiva. Westland Ltd., 2011. ISBN 9789380658636. Translations: Hindi, Marathi, Telugu.
  • 7 Secrets of Vishnu. Westland Ltd., 2011. ISBN 9789380658681. Translations: Hindi, Marathi.
  • Fun in Devlok: An Identity Card for Krishna. Puffin India, 2011. ISBN 978-0143331674.
  • Fun in Devlok: Gauri and the Talking Cow. Puffin India, 2011. ISBN 978-0143331704.
  • Fun in Devlok: Indra Finds Happiness. Puffin India, 2011. ISBN 978-0143331681.
  • Fun in Devlok: Kama vs Yama. Puffin India, 2011. ISBN 9780143331957.
  • Fun in Devlok: Saraswati's Secret River. Puffin India, 2011. ISBN 9780143331964.
  • Fun in Devlok: Shiva Plays Dumb Charades. Puffin India, 2011. ISBN 9780143331698.
  • Business Sutra : A Very Indian Approach to Management. Aleph Book Company, 2013. ISBN 9788192328072. Translations: Italian.
  • Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana. Penguin Books India, 2013 ISBN 9780143064329.
  • 7 Secrets of the Goddess. Westland Ltd., 2014. ISBN 9789384030582. Translations: Hindi.
  • Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don't Tell You. Zubaan Books & Penguin Books India, 2014. ISBN 9789383074846. Translations: Hindi.
  • Fun in Devlok Omnibus. Puffin India, 2014. ISBN 9780143333449.
  • Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindi Mythology. Penguin Books India, 2014. ISBN 9780143332473.


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ Future Group
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ speaker at TEDIndia 2009.
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b
  • On a mythical tangent (Interview) The Hindu

External links

  • Devdutt Pattanaik, website
  • Devdutt Pattanaik at TED
  • Videos of Devdutt Pattanaik in Colombia at Asociación Amigos de India
  • Devdutt Pattanaik Interview, Al-Rasub News & Opinion Publishing
  • Devdutt Pattanaik Interview with, "An Approach to Everyday Life"
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.