Devdutt Pattanaik

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Devdutt Pattanaik
Born 11 December 1970
Nationality Indian
Occupation mythologist, writer, columnist
Known for

Myth = Mithya, Business Sutra, The Pregnant King,

Jaya: An illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata

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 a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, a novel, The Pregnant King, and Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (2010).[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[edit]

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.[7]


He worked in the pharma and healthcare industry for 14 years before starting to write books and columns about mythology and delivering lectures on the subject. He worked as a consultant at Ernst and Young and has illustrated most of his own books.[8]

He was a speaker at the first TED conference in India held in November 2009.[9][10]

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.[citation needed] 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[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dr. Pattanaik currently resides in Mumbai.



  1. ^ "Author Lounge: Devdutt Pattanaik". Penguin India. 
  2. ^ "Being aware of violence". MiD DAY. 17 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Epic Venture". Indian Express. 16 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Future Group
  5. ^ "Mythic Past, Resonating in the Present". New York Times. 4 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "The mythologist". Mint. 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Teaching Old Heads New Tricks". Financial Express. 25 May 2003. 
  8. ^ "Demystifying mythology: A conversation with Devdutt Pattanaik". The Hindu. 24 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "Great response to first TED meet in India". The Hindu. 1 November 2009. 
  10. ^ speaker at TEDIndia 2009.
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