Purushottam Laxman Deshpande

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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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