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Purushottam Laxman Deshpande Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Facts & More

Updated On : December 1, 2020

Short Biography

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was born on 08-11-1919 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India. He was an Indian Writer, Film Actor, Composer, Film Producer, Television Producer, Film Director, Music Director, Musician, Singer, Playback Singer, Theatre Actor, Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Playwright & Dramatist. He was best known for his work in Marathi cinema.

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande Complete Bio & Career

Laxman Deshpande completed his secondary education from Parle Tilak Vidyalaya and moved to Ismail Yusuf College for higher studies. After that, he went to Mumbai where he attended Government Law College and finished his degree of LLB. Then, moved to Pune where he got a degree in Arts in 1950 from Fergusson College. After that, Purushottam obtained a Master's degree of Arts from Willingdon College at Sangli. 
After finishing his studies, he started a job at Orient High School in Mumbai as a teacher for several years. He diverted to professor began to teach at Rani Parvati Devi College at Belgaum, Karnataka. Additionally, Laxman Deshpande also served himself as a professor at Kirti College, Mumbai. Along with this, Laxman worked for National Television Doordarshan. He was the first man who interviewed with the first prime minister of India Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru on National Television. He also took training at BBC for some years and moved to France.
Furthermore, Purushottam was a renowned musician, composer, Play Writer in Indian classical music. He also wrote several books such as "Kay Wattel Te Hoeel" in 1962, "Pulakit" etcetera. He also served himself as an actor in Indian cinema. He did many super hit movies of the time. Some of his films are "Kuber" in 1947, in this movie he worked as an actor and playback singer, "Ammaldar" in 1962, "Wandemataram" (1948), "Ek Hoya Vidushak" (1993), and so forth. 

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1966 Literature and Education
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1990 Arts

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was honored with Padma Bhushan award in 1990 for his devotion towards Indian cinema. He also won the Padma Shri award in 1966. The actor also won many other awards: Maharashtra Gaurav award, Sahitya Akademi award, Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi award, Kalidas Samman award, and so forth.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande died on 12-06-2000 on the 54th anniversary of their wedding ceremony in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He died at the age of 80 due to Parkinson's disease (PD).

DEATHDAY 12 June,2000 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Pune, Maharashtra

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Laxman Trimbak Deshpande
Mother Laxmibai Laxman Deshpande
Siblings None
Wife Sunita Thakur, Sundar Divadkar (Died)
Other Relatives Vaman Mangesh Dubhashi (Maternal Grandfather)

He was born to Laxmibai Laxman DeshpandeLaxman Trimbak Deshpande into a Hindu Brahmin family. His mother was a homemaker and father was a worker at Advani Paper Mill. His maternal grandfather Rigvedi (Vaman Mangesh Dubhashi) was a famous Poet. On 12-06-1946, he married Sunita Thakur, who was also a Marathi writer. They had no any child. Previously, he was married to Sundar Divadkar, who died soon after marriage.


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Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Pune, Maharashtra, India
School Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Association, Mumbai
College Ismail Yusuf College, Mumbai
Fergusson College, Pune
Government Law College, Mumbai
Willingdon College, Sangli
Qualification B.A., M.A., LLB
Hobbies Reading, Writing
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website http://www.puladeshpande.net


Favorite Color White
Favorite Dress Kurta Pajama
Favorite Food Home Made Healty Food

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Purushottam Laxman Deshpande

  • He knew several languages including Marathi, Hindi, English and Kannada.
  • He was often referred to as Maharashtra's beloved personality.
  • He was also called Pu La Deshpande, Pu. La., P. L. Deshpande, Pu. La. Bhai.
  • The marriage with Sunita Deshpande was his 2nd marriage.
  • He had no child.
  • In 1966, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by Govt.of India.
  • In 1990, he was honoured by Govt.of India with the Padma Bhushan.
  • In 2002 after his death, the Govt.of Maharashtra has established the P. L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy in his honour.
  • After his death, the Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden (Pu. La. Deshpande Udyan) in Pune named after him in commemoration.
  • On 16-06-2002 after his death, a commemorative postage stamp issued in his memory, by the Government of India.
  • Google honoured him with a doodle on his 101st Birthday i.e. 08-11-2020.

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was 80 years 7 months & 4 days old age.