Purushottam Laxman Deshpande
Born: 8 November 1919
Died: 12 June 2000
- He popularly was known by his initials (“Pu. La.”) or as P. L. Deshpande, was a Marathi writer and humorist from Maharashtra, India.
- He was also an accomplished film and stage actor, scriptwriter, author, composer, musician (he played the harmonium), singer and orator.
- He was often referred to as “Maharashtra’s beloved personality”.
- Deshpande’s works have been translated into several languages including English and Kannada.
- Deshpande studied at Parle Tilak Vidyalaya.
- He attended Ismail Yusuf College after high school and then Government law college for LLB.
- Later he attended Fergusson College in Pune and obtained his Bachelor’s in Arts, (BA) in 1950 and then obtained his Masters in Arts (MA) from Willingdon College, Sangli.
- He also took lessons in playing harmonium from Dattopant Rajopadhye of Bhaskar Sangitalaya.
- He was a proficient Hindustani classical musician.
- He went on to gain fame as an author, screenplay writer, actor, director, music director, and singer.
- He participated in several philanthropist activities.
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