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P. L. Deshpande Smile Of Maharashtra -  (PuneDiary's  Pune's Pride Section)

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande the name which brings a smile to the face of any Marathi reader. P. L. Deshpande was joyful personality of Maharastra.

Every member craves to recount one P L joke or a scene from his plays, one-man shows, films, books or whatever. He is an integrated part of Marathi Literature.


Some of his One-Act-Plays The thing which took Pu La to the pinnacle of popularity  is his one -act-shows. ' Batatyachi Chal ' which was based on his own book ' Batatyachi Chal ' was his first one act play which was a roaring success. Other show ' Asa Mee Asami ' got excellent response.Same thing with 'Hasavinyacha Majha Dhanda'. 'Varyavarchi Varat' was again a great family success.

Pu La Deshpande in Theater - Drama

     P. L. Deshpande stared his career in Dramas and Plays by writing ' Tuka Mhane Ata ' projecting Sant Tukaram in ' revolutionary way'. Some of his dramas are 'Tujhe Ahe Tujpashi', 'Sundar Mee Honar', 'Tee Phularani', 'Teen Paishacha Tamasha', 'Ek Jhunj Varyashi', etc... He wrote plays for children 'Vayam Motham Khotam' and ' Nave Gokul'.

Cinema And Pu La

Cinema in the 40's

     Kuber - Acting, play-back singing, Bhagyarekha(Acting, play-back singing), Vande Mataram (Acting, play-back singing), Mothi Manse(Music), Manache Pan(Screenplay, dialogue, music).

Cinema in the 50's

     Gulacha Ganpati (Acting, story, screenplay, dialogue, music, direction), Dev Pawla (Music), Navra Bayko( Story, screenplay, dialogue, music), Hi Waat Pandharichi (Acting), Var Pahije (Screenplay, dialogue), Maisaheb (Screenplay, dialogue, music), Nave Birhad (Story, screenplay, narration), Phool Aur Kaliya (Story) etc....

Cinema in the 60's till 90's

     Chimanrao Gundyabhau (Narration, introduction), Ek Hota Vidooshak(1993) (Screenplay, dialogue).

Pu. La. And Music

      Pu La provided able accompaniment on harmonium to several renowned vocalists like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the late Vasantrao Deshpande, and Mallikarjun Mansoor.He took lessons in harmonium from Dattopant Rajopadhye at Bhaskar Sangeetalay.With the knowledge of music,Pu La also gave musical hits from devotion songs like '`Indrayani kathi,'  to natyageet , to songs for children such as ' Nach Re Mora'.His harmonium cassettes became a part of his household.

Pu La And Book

Writing is the most integrated part of his all round personality. Through writing, it seems that Pu La has keen observation of each and every part of life such as mocks , paroids,  inconsistencies and contradiction in life. He wrote a range of comedy, philosophical ,Autobiographical books.Take a glance at some of the books.
Apoorvaee, Poorvarang, Jave Tyanchya Desha (Travelogues)

Khogirbharati, Nasti Uthathev, Golaberij, Ha (Fa) savnook, Batatyachi Chal, Asa Mee Asamee, Khilli, Kotyadhish Pu La (Collection of articles)

Tuka Mhane Ata, Ammaldar, Bhagyawan, Tujhe Ahe Tujapashi, Sundar Mee Honar, Teen Paishacha Tamasha, Raja Oedipus, Mothe Mase Chhote Mase, Vitthal To Ala Ala, Aamhi Latike Na Boloo, Vayam Motham Khotam, Nave Gokul, Pudhari Pahije, Ek Jhunj Varyashi, Tee Phulrani (Plays)

Marathi Vangmayacha Galiv Itihas, Eka Koliyane (Hilarious parody of verbose, critical writings)

Kay Vattel Te Hoil, Kanhoji Angre, Telephoncha Janma, Porvay,Ravindranath :Teen Vyakhyane (Lectures)

Vangachitre (On his Shantiniketan sojourn)

Chitramay Swagat (Pictorial autobiography)

Pu La And Poetry

Pu La and Suneetabai shared a common love poetry. 'Reading poetry' was not just a pastime for them but it was a basic need. They presented a selection of the poetry of B.S. Mardhekar, B. B. Borkar and Arti Prabhu.

Pu La And Awards-Honours

  • Pu La is honoured not only by Punya Bhushan (Pride of Pune) but also by Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan .
  • In 1965, Sahitya Academy (the top literary body).
  • In 1968, Sangeet Natak Academyi award.
  • 'Bahurupi' from Maharashtra Gaurav award.
  • Pu La also received many awards from various states of India.

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