I present to you, Sir, Shri Purushottam Laxman Desh- pande. Born in 1919 in Bombay, Shri Deshpande has been associated with the Marathi Theatre since his early days. He is a versatile actor, play-wright, director and his contribution to the Marathi theatre has been varied and conspicuous. He has written five full-length plays and several one-act plays. He is famous for his mono-dramas and has achieved outstanding success in the presentation of one-man-shows. He has participated in many national and international theatre seminars. He is recipient of the civil title Padma Shri and also the Sahitya Akademi Award for literature. He has been the President of the Marathi Natya Parishad and is associated with several literary and dramatic societies. For his eminence as a play- wright; and for his contribution to the Marathi theatre, Shri P. L. Deshpande receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for play-writing.