Pu La- Purshottam Laxman Deshpande the noted Marathi literary who was in Belgaum for a couple of years wrote many books and one famous character was Rao Saheb which he wrote when he was in Belgaum. He later on moved in to Kirti College in Mumbai.
Read the Rao Saheb story here.
Mr.Harihar was a theatre owner and the meetings used to take place at the Ritz theatre (now Ritz Shrikrishna in Konwal Galli, near Tilak Chowk.)
Pu La Deshpande’s speech during a Kannada Sahitya Sabha in Pune and his thoughts on the Belgaum border issue are quite humbling… “Maharashtra and Karnataka are political entities while Marathi and Kannadiga are cultural entities… you have meeting lines in the later case and borders in the former… one welcomes each other… the other say don’t enter!”
He was born on 8 November 1919 in Mumbai. He has been awarded the prestigious awards like Padmashri, Padmabhushan, Maharashtra Bhushan, Sahitya Academy, Sangeet Natak Akademi. His work was dedicated in various fields like Drama, Literature, Music Humour, Philosophy and Broadcasting. P. L. Deshpande will be remembered in the newer generation for his Humorous books like Batatyachi Chal(बटाट्याची चाळ), Asa mi Asa mi (असा मी असामी), Vakti ani Valli (व्यक्ती आणि वल्ली), Varyavarachi Varat (वार्यावरची वरात), Bigari te Matrik (बिगरी ते मॅट्रिक), Hari Tatya (हरी तात्या), Mhais (म्हैस), Mi aani maza shatrupaksha (मी आणी माझा शत्रुपक्ष), Paliv Prani (पाळीव प्राणी), Panwala (पानवाला), Kahi nave grahayog (काही नवे ग्रहयोग), maze paushtik jeevan (माझे पौष्टीक जिवन), and many more.
Some of his movies include are कुबेर (Kuber), भाग्यरेषा (Bhagyaresha), वंदेमातरम्(Vande mataram), जागा भाड्याने देणे आहे(Jaga bhadyane dene aahe), मानाचे पान(manache paan), मोठी माणसे(mothi manase), गोकुळचा राजा(gokulacha raja), जरा जपून(jara japun), नवरा बायको(nawara bayako) and पुढचे पाऊल (pudhache paool). Pu La passed away on June 12, 2000 in Pune.