Pu La Deshpande was a writer, playwright, musician, composer, actor, director, and philanthropist
The 101st birth anniversary of Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, better known as Pu La Deshpande was attributed to a Google doodle designed by a Mumbai-based artist Sameer Kulavoor.
The doodle shows Deshpande, a multitalented artist raising his hand to underscore a note. Born on this day in 1919 in Bombay, Pu La's signature style of joyful humor and satire brought tremendous joy to the masses. His multifaceted contributions to Marathi literature and the performing arts were always treasured by the enthusiasts.
Pu La's Google Doodle recounts his career from earning a Masters' degree to working as a college lecturer before switching to music.
A master of the harmonium, he played as an accompanist for acclaimed vocal artists of the day and released his own hit recordings as well. But beyond music, his writings were premiered in Bombay Magazine in the late 1940s
Pu La's writings included novels and essays to plays and one-man stage shows. In 2018, the National Film Archive of India organized an exhibition of the filmography of his works. The exhibition also included the original, handwritten copy of the script for Pu La’s cult classic Gulacha Ganpati.
He hailed from a family of profound literary legacy. Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali was translated into Marathi by his grandfather