Mythology is often categorized as a passé and an uncool subject. The younger audiences in India consume a very large amount of content on a regular basis, but mythological content is definitely not their go to choice. The thought for this podcast stems exactly from here. The Devdutt Pattanaik Show on Radio Mirchi will be aimed at making mythology the buzz word for young listeners. Pattanaik is here to make mythology more relatable, affable and cooler for the younger audiences. The show is crafted around issues & subjects that apply to our daily lives by integrating startling and interesting stories from mythology to address them.
The master storyteller, Devdutt Pattanaik, has revolutionized the way we look at mythology today. With over 50 published books, he is the quintessential name in the space of decoding mythology and making the content consumer-friendly. Within the format of storytelling, Pattanaik, manages to grip the audience by sharing remarkable facts about Indian mythology and connecting it our day-to-day lives. He deep dives into topics such as dance, sexuality, sports, marriage, nepotism, children, the legal system, relationships, gender etc. Catch him in a new avatar that hasn’t been explored before. Pattanaik makes his debut on radio as a storyteller to make mythology super fun!
What can Rishis see that you can't?
If you think that we have left the time of saints and sages behind us, this episode of the Devdutt Pattanaik Show will make you think again. Do ‘Rishis’ still exist, even after thousands of years? The recurring image of a ‘Rishi’ in our scriptures as a temperamental love hater is so famous, it can be turned into a potential meme, but how true is this image? Rishis grant boons, Rishis give curses..but what do they really mean? This episode of The Devdutt Pattanaik Show podcast gives you all the sage advice that you need!
Why do People get Married to Trees?
We know that the tree of knowledge gave us the forbidden fruit, which gave us the original sin, which gave us eternal damnation. But how is Kalpavriksha, a tree in the Indian version of heaven, believed to affect human behavior? What mythological logic behind binding ‘manglik’ individuals to trees and plants in holy matrimony? Did you know that cancer-causing tobacco plant has a really sad mythological backstory? In this episode of the Devdutt Pattanaik show get to know the roots of Indian mythology, quite literally!
Badass Goddess Kaali!
Alright, it’s time to talk about one of the most badass goddesses of the Indian Pantheon, Kaali. Why does Kaali always stick her tongue out to us? Is it a playful jibe? A token of rebellion? Or does the action have deeper mythological significance? Did you know that Kaali’s wild, untamed mane actually alludes to a social responsibility? India’s British colonial masters did a lot of nefarious things, one of which was to make up a rumour about Kaali to mock Indian culture, what exactly was that rumour?
Was the King of Gods Bad at Negotiation?
If the Gods and Goddesses of Indian Mythology are supposed to be all-knowing and omnipotent, then how come the Asuras trumped them in the area of negotiation and diplomacy? Why was Indra crowned the King of the Indian mythological pantheon in spite of his bad negotiation skills? What happened when Hanuman went head-to-head with a Rakshasa in a negotiation dual? What happened when Devdutt himself was stuck in a negotiation pickle? Catch all this and more in this episode of The Devdutt Pattanaik Show podcast! Don’t forget to tune in every morning from 6 am to 8 am and catch the repeat from 9 am to 11 am and again at 1 pm to 3 pm every Sunday only on Radio Mirchi!
Vaahans - A Status Symbol for Gods?
We’ve all felt the pang of envy when we’re on our way to office in our ordinary hatchback and a sexy convertible vrooms by. But who knew that ‘Vaahans’ or their holy vehicles of choice were status symbols for the divine too? Want to decode the controversy surrounding Indian Gods and their Vaahans? How do the Gods decide which animal will become their Vaahan? Why did Vishnu choose Garuda and why does Yamaraja mount the Buffalo? Whose Vaahan is the Human Being? Catch all this and more in this episode of The Devdutt Pattanaik Show podcast! Don’t forget to tune in every morning from 6 am to 8 am and catch the repeat from 9 am to 11 am and again at 1 pm to 3 pm every Sunday only on Radio Mirchi!
Buddhism goes Viral!
How is the concept of Buddhism intrinsically connected to our lives? How did Kind Siddhartha’s name change to Buddha? How did Buddhism go viral around the world? Is the Buddha form a manifestation of Vishnu or not? What is the difference between a regular Buddha statue and the statue of Bodhisatva? Catch all this and more in this episode of The Devdutt Pattanaik Show podcast! Don’t forget to tune in every morning from 6 am to 8 am and catch the repeat from 9 am to 11 am and again at 1 pm to 3 pm every Sunday only on Radio Mirchi!