Devdutt Pattanaik is a renowned Indian mythologist, speaker, illustrator and author, known for his writing on Hindu sacred lore, legends, folklore, fables and parables. His work focuses largely on the areas of religion, mythology, and management. He has written books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times; his more popular books include Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology; Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata; and Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana and My Gita. Pattanaik has incorporated the Mahabharata and the Ramayana into human resource management.
Pattanaik is a columnist for Mid-Day, Times of India, CN Traveller, Daily O and Scroll.in. He hosts a radio show/podcast for Radio Mirchi, called The Devdutt Pattanaik Show.
Pattanaik worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry (Sanofi Aventis and Apollo Group of Hospitals, respectively) for 14 years and spent his spare time writing articles and books on mythology, which eventually became his full-time profession. His first book Shiva: An Introduction was published in 1997. Pattanaik illustrates most of his own books.
He has worked as a consultant at Ernst and Young. He also served as the Chief Belief Officer at Future Group, one of India’s largest retailers.
He was a speaker at the first TED conference in India held in November 2009.
Pattanaik has consulted Star TV network on mythological television series like Mahabharata and Siya Ke Ram; these serials have challenged conventional views of the narratives and opened up new avenues of interpretation.
He has also been the story consultant at Indian television network Star TV, where Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev is based on his work and Epic channel, where he presents Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik.
In 2015, Pattanaik presented the Hindi television series Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik on the “EPIC ON” channel. In the show, he attempts to demystify and decode the folklore and traditions that accompanies Indian mythology. In December 2016, he made “his debut on the Forbes India Celeb 100 list, on the 93rd spot.”
Pattanaik worked on Audible Originals (India)’s audiobook titled Suno Mahabharat Devdutt Pattanaik ke Saath and Revisiting Mahabharata with Devdutt Pattanaik. In his show he talks about the details of the war in the Mahabharata, how it affected the world, and what happened to India after the death of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He also communicates the Vedic tenets which describes karma and dharma.
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