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mythologist , Physician , author

Devdutt Pattanaik is an Indian physician turned leadership consultant, mythologist and author whose works focus largely on the areas of myth, mythology, and also management. He has written a number of books related to Hindu mythology, including "Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology".


Devdutt was the third child of Prafulla and Sabitri Pattanaik, born after two daughters and a gap of 8 years. He was born, raised and continues to live in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India.


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.

He was a speaker at the first TED conference in India held in November 2009. 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 Maneka Doshi called Business Sutra. The shows draws business lessons from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.


  • children book

    • Hanuman’s Ramayana

    • Gauri and The Talking Cow

    • Indra Finds Happiness

    • An Identity Card for Krishna

  • Fiction

    • The Pregnant King

  • mythology book

    • Shiva: an introduction

    • Vishnu: an introduction

    • Devi: an introduction

    • Hanuman: an introduction

    • Lakshmi: an introduction

    • The Goddess Of India

    • Man Who Was A Woman

    • Indian Mythology

    • The Book of Kali

    • Shiv to Shankara

    • Myth = Mithya

    • The Book of Ram

    • Jaya

    • 99 Thoughts of Ganesha


Prafulla Pattanaik - India

Sabitri Pattanaik