Seminar entitled "Mythic Origins of Ahimsa (non-violence)"

On 10th October, 2010
In The College of the Humanities, Patterson Hall, Carleton University

Welcome and Opening Remarks
by Dr. Jagmohan Humar, President, Mahatma Gandhi Peace
Council of Ottawa
Speaker Introduction
by Dr. Harsha Dehejia, Adjunct Professor of Religion,
Carleton University
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
Speaking on "Mythic Origina of Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

About Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership consultant by profession, and a mythologist by passion. He has written and lectured extensively on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times.

Myths are subjective truths expressed through stories, symbols and rituals. I help people leverage the power of these truths in business, management, and life.

- Devdutt Pattanaik


His books include

  • Jaya: an illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata (Penguin, India)
  • 7 secrets from Hindu calendar art (Westland)
  • Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin, India)
  • Book of Ram (Penguin India).

His columns include

  • Mythos in First City Magazine, New Delhi
  • Management Mythos in Corporate Dossier, Economic Times
  • DevLok in Sunday Mid-day, Mumbai

His work reclaiming mythology for management led to the series Business Sutra telecast on CNBC-tv18.

He has 14 years experience in the health care industry with organizations such as Sanofi Aventis and Apollo Health Care, and he had a brief stint as Business Advisor with Ernst & Young. Currently, he is Chief Belief Officer of the Future Group, India’s largest retail company. He also consults as leadership coach, culture consultant and storytelling expert to other corporations and NGOs such as Star TV and World Gold Council and Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI).