P. L. Deshpande

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Purushottam Laxman Deshpande (Marathi: पुरुषोत्तम लक्ष्मण देशपांडे) (8 November 1919 - 12 June 2000) was a Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India. He was popularly known by his initials पु. ल. ("Pu. La.").

Deshpande was also an accomplished film and stage actor, music composer, harmonium player, singer, and orator.[1]



Pu La Deshpande was born on 8 November 1919 in Malatwadi in Kolhapur district to Laxman and Lakshmibai Deshpande. His family moved to Mumbai and then to Pune and settled there, for job purpose. He received his college education at Fergusson College in Pune and Willingdon College in Sangli.

In 1946, Deshpande married Sunita Thakur, who is an accomplished author herself and has acted in some plays in the past.

For some years, Deshpande worked as a college professor and a school teacher before embarking on his career in writing and in the multiple fields of acting, directing, and composing music in the world of movies.

Deshpande took lessons in playing harmonium from Dattopant Rajopadhye of Bhaskar Sangitalaya. He was proficient in Hindustani classical music and was an accomplished music director and singer. Being a proficient writer, he wrote screenplays and lyrics for several marathi films and was also music director for some marathi films. Purshottam Deshpande died in 2000 aged 80 of Alzheimer's disease.[2]

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