Purshotam Laxman Deshpande also known by his initials as P.L. Deshpande, one of the brightest stars of Marathi film, theatre and literature, an event named â€˜Pulakitâ€™ was held on the occasion of his birth centenary at Suresh Bhat Sabhagruh on Monday evening.
The four-day â€˜Smrutigandhâ€™ event organized by SCZCC in concert with Saptak to mark the birth anniversary of singer Sudhir Phadke, poet GD Madgulkar, table maestro Ustad Allahrakha Khan and P.L. Deshpande.
Mumbai-based organization â€˜Our Cultural Eventâ€™, organized â€˜Pulakitâ€™ and attempted to restore the variety and versatility of Deshpandeâ€™s persona. Marathi stage and television actors Atul Pachure, Vighnesh Joshi and Arun Nalwade helped the sparse audience to relive the memories of â€œPu Laâ€.
Deepali Kelkar said, â€œVisiting the works of PL Deshpande is like performing a cultural pilgrimage,â€ who hosted the event. She further added by describing Deshpande as an amalgamation of Charlie Chaplin, Rabindranath Tagore and Vasantrao Deshpande, â€œHe was like a flower whose each petal had a different shape, colour and fragranceâ€.
Pachure brought alive the genius of P.L., the actor who had the distinction of playing the character of â€˜Pu Laâ€™ in his presence. â€œI heard that I had been shortlisted for a role in the play but which one I didnâ€™t know and was fortunate to get to play the man himself,â€ said the actor who has worked in Deshpandeâ€™s immortal classics like Varya Varchi Varat and Vyakti ani Valli.Â Pachure described his writing as evergreen which still retain their freshness. He said, â€œThe manner in which he spoke and the way he expressed his thoughts was extremely witty.â€
Vighnesh referred to Deshpandeâ€™s amazing sense of humour as, he narrated a conversation between Deshpande and Madgulkar. â€œOnce Madgulkar, who was visiting Deshpande, picked up a letter from outside his house which was marked P.L.Deshpande, Pune. To this, Deshpande remarked, this address brings letters, the complete one brings in guest.â€
Few of the songs composed by Deshpande like â€˜Kausalyecha Ramâ€™ and â€˜He koni cheile taarâ€™ were also presented by Ninad Ajgaonkar, Ketaki Bhave Joshi and Gauri Damle, as they emphasized the talent of Deshpande as a music director.
While reading out a letter Deshpande had written to his friendâ€™s newly-wed son Ashok Adarkar , Actor Arun Nalawade said, Â â€œHe used simple words, his thoughts were straight but the manner in which he put them together always had a powerful impact on the reader or listener,â€. Nalawade, had a close association with Deshpande, described his writings and compositions as exceptionally creative.