Pulotsav has returned for its tenth year, and this time it promises to be bigger and more entertaining than before. The two-day festival starts today, and will celebrate the life and works of Marathi writer PL Deshpande and his efforts to popularise all forms of arts among the masses.
A renowned writer, singer and orator, Deshpande always wanted his fans to embrace all forms of art. His writings brought smile on the face of almost every Marathi reader. And what else could be a better way to pay tribute to the great personality than with an evening comprising film screenings, theatre shows, music performances and exploring literature and art. And the organisers of the festival — P N Gadgil and Sons and Akshay Sanskrutik — promises all that and more.
Some of the major highlights of Day one (November 7) include screening of documentary films, and plays like Smritichitre, Vada Chirebandi and Hmaidabai Ki Kothi under the direction of Vijaya Mehta at the Archive Theatre at Prabhat Road. The festival will also see a screening of the Hindi play Adhantar at Film Institute, Law College Road followed by a master class with Vijaya Mehta in the afternoon.
Day 2 at the festival will see the screening of Deshpande’s biography in his own words and documentaries from previous award functions of Pulotsav. The festival will close with a colourful ceremony in the evening. But that’s not the end, as the 10th Pulotsav will also travel to different parts of Maharashtra.
At New English School, RamBaug, Farshi Maidan Narayan Peth; Archive Theater Prabhat Road, Film Institute Law College
On November 7 and 8
Every year, the Pu La Smruti Samman is awarded to noted personal personality, and the recipient of this year’s award is theatre and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal. The other award recipients include Pandit Jasraj, Dr Abhay and Rani Bang, Vijaya Mehta, Subodh Bhave, Guru Thakur, Shambhavi Wajhe, Anand Bhate and Swapnil Joshi among others.