Source : The Indian Express
Commencing the discussions by introducing Pu La as the ‘Tagore of Maharashtra’, as once termed by GD Madgulkar, an eminent Marathi poet, the panel talked about Deshpande’s characteristics as a writer, playwright, activist, and his contribution to literature, society and folk culture.
“Pu La aimed to work for the society through his art. He would pay the school fees of underprivileged children, connect budding writers to publishers, donate for upcoming libraries and literature festivals, without expecting any kind of payback or publicity,” said Mangala Godbole, eminent Marathi writer and close acquaintance of Purshottam Laxman Deshpande, popularly known as Pu La.
To mark the birth centenary celebration of Deshpande, Global Pulotsav 2018 is being organised in Pune with several programmes lined up till November 25. A panel discussion on various attributes of the celebrated Marathi writer and humourist was conducted on Tuesday at the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad on Tilak Road.
The panel discussion, Dene PuLanche (Pu. La.’s contribution), saw the presence of Milind Joshi, chairman of Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Jyoti Subhash, veteran film and TV actor, Ramchandra Dekhane, Marathi writer and researcher of folk literature as well as Dinkar Gangal, chief editor of Think Maharashtra and founder of Granthali Publications. The panel was hosted by Godbole.