Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik writes and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times.

Trained in medicine, he spent 15 years in...

A World Without Heroes, Villains and Victims?

Stories are powerful vehicles of engaging with the world. Every culture has its own stories to understand, negotiate and ask questions of life, and we pass these stories down from generation to generation. But take a step back and look at stories from afar, and you will see the structures that underlie stories - structures that express a culture's understanding of the world, that privilege certain perspectives over others.

In our world of human rights discourse, social justice, identity politics and the growing desire to identify oneself as victim, Devdutt Pattanaik asks, "Can you tell the story without right and wrong, good and bad? What structure do I use? Is there an alternate structure? And if there are no heroes, villains and victims, can there be saviours in the world? If there are no villains, who do you accuse? Then what is this narrative of accusation?"

We are delighted to invite Devdutt Pattanaik - Mythologist, Author, Illustrator - yet again, to Mumbai Local. With him, we will enjoy stories and examine the patterns and structures underlying stories. We will begin to unravel the worldviews that underlie stories, and explore how these impact our consciousness and thereby our demands and expectations of the world. And wonder what would happen if we opened ourselves up to other paradigms - some of them already deeply embedded in our culture. How would we be if we could imagine alternatives?

For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you.
Join us on our page at 2:30 pm and 5 pm on Sunday, 13 May.

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik writes and lectures on relevance of mythology in modern times.

Trained in medicine, he spent 15 years in healthcare and pharmaceutical industries including Apollo Health Street and Sanofi Aventis, before joining Ernst & Young as Business Advisor. All this while, he spent his spare time studying and writing on sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their impact on culture.That is when he met Kishore Biyani of Future Group (Big Bazaar, Pantaloon, Central) who convinced him to turn his passion into his profession.

His columns on management and culture appear in Economic Times while his shows are popular in CNBC and CNBC Awaaz. He has written over 25 books and 400 articles on mythology for people of all age groups.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
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