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Porvay is the Marathi translation of Rabindranath Tagores Chhelebela. It is a chronicle of his own childhood. His birth into an affluent Brahmin family in Calcutta in 1861. The youngest of thirteen children, he was raised mostly by servants as his mother had died during his early years and travel kept his father busy. Porvay lets the readers know that Tagores inspiration to arts and literature was largely due to the fact that his home hosted a publication house and many of his family members were musicians and writers. He spent the rest of his time in taking a swim in the Ganges, practising wrestling and gymnastics, or trekking the hills. Porvay beautifully captures and describes these wonderful moments of Rabindranath Tagores childhood.
Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was born in Mumbai in 1919. He completed his college education, obtaining an M.A and LL.B from Fergusson College, Pune, and Willingdon College, Sangli. After having worked as a college professor and school teacher, he finally embarked on a career of writing, directing, acting, singing, and composing. Few of his other works are plays like Tuka Mhane Ata, Tujhe Ahe Tujapashi, Eka Jhunja Waryashi, along with childrens plays, travelogues, novels, collection of life sketches, comedy books like Nasti Uthathewa, and humorous essays like Eka Rawiwarchi Kahani, Mumbaikar, Punekar Ka Nagpurkar?, Majhe Poshtik Jeewan. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1965, the Padma Shri in 1966, and the Padma Bhushan in 1990 before he passed away in 2000.
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