Devdutt Pattanaik: A doctor by training, a marketing manager by profession and a mythologist by passion, Devdutt Pattanaik wears many hats. Apart from travelling extensively giving lectures on different topics ranging between relevance of sacred stories and the importance of rituals and symbols in modern times, Devdutt Pattanaik has also written numerous books including Devi: An Introduction, 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art and Symbols and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent to name a few.
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling Of The Mahabharata has the whole epic, which was originally known as Jaya, condensed into a tiny capsule in this book. Other than retelling the interesting parts of the Mahabharata, what makes this book a favourite among the readers is Pattanaik rendering of the various local folklores and tales that are associated with the epic, which have been presented in a whole new genre. With a master stroke, the author has elaborated the storyline by including lesser known folklore stories of the epic, while keeping intact its original form and style.
The book has been divided into 108 chapters and has vivid illustrations along with 250 simple line drawings painted by Pattanaik himself. Besides infusing the different tales from local versions of the epic, the author has also added folk arts aspects picked up from ‘Yakshagana’ in Karnataka, ‘Terukuttu’ in Tamil Nadu and ‘Pandavani’ in Chattisgarh to blend with the narrative.
Stories of Barbareek, Aravan, Astika, Madhavi and Jaimini form a special portion of this book. Other than this, Pattanaik has also introduced some intriguing ongoing traditions, like the worship of Draupadi in temples of Tamil Nadu.