Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, or Pu La Deshpande, was born in Mumbai on 8 November 1919. His household had an illustrious literary legacy: Pu La’s grandfather had translated Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali into Marathi.
The one hundred and first beginning anniversary of Purushottam Laxman Deshpande — higher often called Pu La Deshpande — has been marked with a Google Doodle designed by the famous Mumbai-based artist Sameer Kulavoor.
The doodle depicts the author, playwright, musician, composer, actor, director, and philanthropist at his harmonium, elevating his free hand to underscore a word.
“Being born and introduced up in Mumbai/Maharashtra, one comes throughout Pu La Deshpande’s title and works continually in fashionable tradition — music, writing, movies, theatre, literature, and extra. He was identified to be a pointy observer of life, and one can see that in his literary work. There’s a wildly fashionable Marathi music we had been uncovered to as children at school known as ‘Naach re mora‘ (Dance peacock, dance) — I learnt a lot later (to my shock) that he composed the music!” Kulavoor was quoted as saying, about his inspiration for the Google Doodle.
The reference to the music is woven into Kulavoor’s illustration, and the artist stated he additionally tried to include Pu La’s vibrant persona into the Doodle. “Pu La’s life and work is the message [I hope people take from the Google Doodle],” the artist added. “I hope to spotlight the truth that one can have a number of completely different shops and types to creativity.”
Pu La Deshpande was born in Mumbai on 8 November 1919. His household had an illustrious literary legacy: Pu La’s grandfather had translated Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali into Marathi.
The biography accompanying Pu La’s Google Doodle traces his time from incomes a Masters’ diploma, to working as a school lecturer earlier than switching to a profession in music. “A grasp of the harmonium, he performed as an accompanist for acclaimed vocal artists of the day and launched his personal hit recordings as properly. However music was removed from Deshpande’s solely inventive expertise, and within the late Nineteen Forties, his writing premiered in Bombay journal,” the biography notes.
Pu La’s writing spanned varied codecs — from novels and essays to performs and one-man stage reveals. He additionally acted in, and directed, a number of movies. In 2018, the Nationwide Movie Archive of India organised an exhibition of his Hindi and Marathi movie posters within the run-up to the centenary of his beginning. The exhibition additionally included the unique, handwritten copy of the script for Pu La’s cult traditional Gulacha Ganpati, offered to NFAI in 2015 by the relations of Rajguru, the movie’s producer.
The assertion accompanying Kulavoor’s Google Doodle observes: “Famend for his signature fashion of joyful humor and satire, Deshpande introduced smiles to the faces of numerous readers and audiences along with his multifaceted contributions to Marathi literature and the performing arts… Glad birthday, PL Deshpande, and thanks for sharing your humor and concord with the folks of Maharashtra and past.”
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