Literati recall interesting incidents involving Pu La

Manasi Saraf Joshi
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The interaction was organised on the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of the popular writer at his home on Bhandarkar Road.

Pune: Two young boys visited Pu La Deshpande’s house on Tuesday and asked his nephew whether it was true that Pu La was a very lazy person as narrated by his wife Sunita. This incident was narrated by Dinesh Thakur, Pu La’s nephew at the informal interaction among the towering figures from literature, film, theatre and music arena of the state. 

The interaction was organised on the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of the popular writer at his home on Bhandarkar Road. Renowned writers, poets, musician, film and theatre personality like DM Mirsadar,  Ramdas Phutane, Rahul Deshpande, Anand Bhate, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Dr Mohan Agashe, SD Phadnis and others. 

Everyone was reminiscing about Pu La. The talks were centered around his collection, which was neatly displayed in the house including photo frames, busts, the Charlin Chaplin wall clock, the collage painting by Neelkranti Patekar. 

They shared their memories. Prabhavalkar said, “Every person knows that Pu La was a humorist, but he had written serious plays and novels too. In one such serious play, Ek Jhuj Varyashi, I played the protagonist and I won the best actor award. The play was performed at NCPA, Delhi and directed by Waman Kendre. I went to Pu La and showed him the award and the kind of appreciation he gave me cannot be recounted in words,” he said.

Dr Agashe said it was the house when he last met Pu La in 2000. “I and actor director Girish Karnad had come to meet him. He was ailing then, but we had come to discuss about our new play,” said Agashe. 

Thakur said, “Once Pu La had gone for a function to a doctor’s place. There somebody asked him about the difference between doctor and writer. As always in his humorous style he said: Rag and lobh (music composition and love) has only difference of a ‘matra’ (one potion).”

The informal interaction was conducted by Aashay Cultural Club. Virendra Chitrav and Satish Jakatdar were the hosts of the programme.

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