In its 14th year, Pulotsav — that honours artists across films, theatre, music and more — is set to take place in all its glory
Pulotsav — a festival honouring P L Deshpande and touching almost all art forms like films, theatre, music, and literature — will be held in the city from November 9 to 12. The first Pulotsav was held when P L Deshpande turned 80. After his demise, his wife Sunita Deshpande restarted this festival honouring the multifaceted personality that P L Deshpande was. This festival is being organised for the last 13 years. Every year, the event promises a collection of offerings that include films, drama, music and other cultural programs.
This year, renowned singer Suman Kalyanpur will be awarded with the Pu La Smruti award. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. She recorded songs for movies in several languages besides Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Bengali, Oriya and Punjabi. She has sung a total of 857 Hindi songs. To reward her immense talent she will be awarded will Pu La Smruti Award. As always, the entry will be free and seats will be available on first-come first-serve basis. The festival has been organised at four different venues, namely Balgandharva Rangmandir, National Film Archive of India, Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad and Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha.
The Pulotsav Krutadnyata Sanman will be awarded this year to Dr Smita and Dr Ravindra Kolhe. The duo will be honoured for their selfless contribution and finding a scientific solutions for malnutrition in children and ultimately changing lives of the adivasis in Melghat.
The Jeevan Gaurav award will be presented to actor Sachin Pilgaonkar and Tarunai Award to Amey Wagh and Priyank Barve this year.
Sachin is an evergreen and talented actor. His journey that started with Ha Majha Marg Ekala in 1962, continues till date with the same vigour and dedication. His name commands respect, not only in the Marathi film industry but also in Bollywood. As actor, director, producer, singer, dancer — he has made major contribution in getting the audience back to Marathi cinema. He will be presented the Jeevan Gaurav Award on November 12 at 6 pm, at the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud.
Currently famous for his recent flick Faster Fene, Amey Wagh has been working across mediums — theatre, television and cinema. Active in the theatre scene since his childhood, Amey’s personality is shaped by the stage and is a promising start of the future.
Known for her role as Anarkali in the broadway play Mughal-e-Azam, Priyanka Barve has received lessons in singing at home. From being a child singer to playback singing for movies, and performing live on stage, Priyanka has carved her way into the industry with much hardwork. Marathi theatre has a rich tradition of music theatre. Youngsters following this tradition and keeping it alive is praiseworthy.
Both Amey and Priyanka will be honoured on November 11 at the Y B Chavan auditorium.
A discussion on four deceased editors — Dilip Padgaonkar, Govind Talwalkar, Arun Sadhu and H M Marathe — will also take place at the festival.