Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa, India.
took his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gujarat University,
his Master’s degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) in business economics from Mannheim in Germany
and his doctorate in economics from Vienna
before beginning his training in psychoanalysis at the Sigmund-Freud
Institute in Frankfurt,
in 1971. Between 1966 and 1971, Sudhir Kakar was a Lecturer in General
Education at Harvard University, Research Associate at Harvard Business School
and Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Indian Institute of
returning to India
in 1975 , Dr. Kakar set up a practice as a psychoanalyst in Delhi
where he was also the Head of
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
at Indian Institute of Technology. He has been
40th Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Centre
for Study of World Religions at Harvard (2001-02),
a visiting professor at the universities of
Chicago (1989-93), McGill (1976-77), Melbourne
(1981), Hawaii (1998) and Vienna (1974-75), INSEAD, France (1994-2013). He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), Berlin, Centre for Advanced Study of Humanities, University of Cologne and is Honorary Professor, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam.
leading figure in the fields of cultural psychology
and the psychology of religion, as well as a novelist,
Dr. Kakar’s person and work have been profiled
in The New York Times, Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine,
Neue Zuricher Zeitung, Die Zeit and Le Nouvel Observateur,
which listed him as one of the world's 25 major thinkers
while the German weekly Die Zeit portrayed
Sudhir Kakar as one of the 21 important thinkers for
the 21st century. Dr. Kakar's many honors include the
Kardiner Award of Columbia
University, Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology
of the American Anthropological Association, Germany
Goethe Medal, Rockefeller Residency, McArthur Fellowship Bhabha, Nehru and ICSSR National Fellowships
and Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric
Association. He is a member of the New York Academy
of Sciences, the Board of Sigmund Freud Archives in the Library of Congress, Washington and the Academie Universelle des Culture, France. In February 2012, he was conferred the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the country's highest civilian order.
Kakar’s twenty books of non-fiction and six of fiction, include The Inner World
(now in its 16th printing since its first publication
in 1978), Shamans, Mystics and Doctors , (with J.M. Ross ) Tales
of Love, Sex and Danger,Intimate Relations, The
Analyst and the Mystic, The Colors of Violence,Culture
and Psyche, (with K.Kakar) The Indians: Portrait of a People,
(with Wendy Doniger), a new translation of
the Kamasutra for Oxford world Classics,
Mad and Divine: Spirit and Psyche in the Modern world and Young Tagore: The makings of a genius. His fifth novel, The Devil Take Love will be published by Penguin-Viking in August 2015.
Four volumes of Sudhir Kakar's collected essays are under preparation for publication by Oxford University Press in its series Great Thinkers of Modern Asia.
In Press, Editor, Afterlife/Afterdeath: Imagination of death and beyond in India and Europe, Delhi: Springer.
with Katharina Poggendorf Kakar
Kakar is married to Katharina,
a writer and a scholar of comparative religions and artist.
He has two children, a son Rahul who is in financial
services, and a daughter Shveta, a lawyer, both