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Some Great Pu La Deshpande Speeches

Posted in Marathi, TV, Entertainment & Movies by Amit Paranjape on January 16, 2013

Pu La had once said that the three most loved personalities in Maharashtra are Shivaji Maharaj, Lokmanya Tilak and Balgandharva. I will add Pu La to that list.

Many of his great classics are available in audio/video formats, and two generations of Marathi Speakers got introduced to him and fell in love with him because of the audio/video media. My first introduction to Pu La was listening to ‘Mhais’, when I was 7-8 years old…many years before I got to the ‘Vyakti Ani Valli’ book.

Recently, I came across a recording set of some of his speeches from 1970s and 80s. Till date, these are the best Pu La recordings I have listened to! The reason why I say this is that, these speeches give a great insight into Pu La as a person. Glimpses of his thoughts are available throughout his famous works, but his speeches convey his ideas, his beliefs, his passion, in a much sharper and clearer fashion.

His respect and intense love of music and arts, his views on blind faith and religion, his love for all languages (not just Marathi), his genuine appreciation of new talent, his irreverent views on politics, his mentoring, his flexibility in moving on with new times and technologies, his views on philanthropy…it is a long list.

I will highly recommend all Pu La fans to listen to these speeches. Some of them are available in a CD Collection (‘Bahu Rupi Pu La Deshpande’)..available in book stores and online. This set includes 7-8 speeches: Brihan Maharashtra Mandal New Jersey 1987 Keynote, Felicitating the Cast & Crew of the Play ‘Vastraharan’ on the occasion of their 175th performance, His talk at the publication of the translation of some of his works in Kannada, and some others.

I was also able find one of his speeches on YouTube (see link above). It is an amazing speech that he delivered at the 74th birthday of renowned music teacher Prof B.R. Deodhar. (Note, Prof Deodhar studied under Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, and his disciples included Kumar Gandharva).

Let me leave you with one of Pu La’s great quotes:

“आयुष्यात मला भावलेलं एक गुज सांगतो. उपजिविकेसाठी आवश्यक असणाऱ्या विषयाचं शिक्षण जरुर घ्या. पोटापाण्याचा उद्योग जिद्दीनं करा, पण एवढ्यावरच थांबू नका. साहित्य, चित्र, संगीत, नाट्य, शिल्प, खेळ ह्यांतल्या एखाद्या तरी कलेशी मैत्री जमवा. पोटापाण्याचा उद्योग तुम्हाला जगवील, पण कलेशी जमलेली मैत्री तुम्ही का जगायचं हे सांगून जाईल. – पु. ल. ”

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First Marathi Blog Camp

Posted in Marathi by Amit Paranjape on January 17, 2010
This is my first ever attempt to write a brief post in Marathi ( ‘मराठी’ ). Please pardon any typos  (primarily the ‘Rasva – Deergha’  mistakes) ! .
 
What better place to start than to talk about the first ever Marathi Blog Camp, organized today at the Pu La Deshpande Uddyan in Pune. The event was quite well attended..nearly 50 people showed up. The attendees covered a wide range — Marathi Media, Regular Marathi Bloggers, Casual Bloggers, and folks (like myself) who were interested in starting some Marathi Blogging. Amongst the important next steps were the setting up of a common mailing-list and a social network (Facebook Group) for this community. I will update this post as more information becomes available.
 
A big thanks for the organizers of this event!
 
पुण्यात  आज पहिला मराठी ब्लॉग कॅंप , पु ल देशपांडे उद्यान मध्ये आयोजित केला होता.  वेगवेगळ्या क्षेत्रातले साधारण ४०-५० bloggers उपस्थित होते.  या कार्यक्रमाविषयी जास्त सविस्तर बातम्या आणी लेख प्रसिद्ध झाल्या आहेत. त्यांच्या लिंक्स (links) मी इथे देत आहे. अजून माहिती (articles, mailing-lists, facebook group, etc.) मिळेल तशी मी इथे प्रसिद्ध करीन.
 
‘इ-सकाळ’ —   ” पहिलावहिला मराठमोळा ब्लॉगकॅम्प ”  http://72.78.249.125/esakal/20100117/5280781501191981335.htm
 
‘प्रभास गुप्ते ब्लॉग’  —  ” मराठी ब्लॉगर्स मेळाव्याचं इति-वृत्त ”  http://my.opera.com/prabhas/blog/show.dml/6591831
 
 
मराठी Bloggers Twitter List  —  @aparanjape/marathi-bloggers
 
‘इ-सकाळ’ Video  —  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Zd6OYtNUQ
 
 
 
 
 
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