Devanandan, Paul David, Indian Christian theologian, born Madras, 9 July 1901, died, Dehra Dun, India, 10 August 1962.
Devanandan studied at Nizam College, Hyderabad, and Madras University before going to the United States in 1924 where he gained his B.D. at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and his doctorate from Yale in 1931 (The Concept of Maya, 1950). That year he returned to India as Professor of Philosophy and the History of Religions at the United Theological College, Bangalore. In 1949 he became General Secretary of the YMCA at New Delhi. He was ordained a presbyter of the Church of South India in 1954 and in 1956 became director of what became the Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (CISRS). He edited the journal Religion and Society with M. M. Thomas, laying an important groundwork for Hindu-Christian dialogue.