Va Pu Kale, or Vasant Purushottam Kale, was a renowned Marathi writer and storyteller who popularized the genre of kathakathan, or oral narration of stories. He was known for his witty, humorous, and insightful stories that reflected the various aspects of human life and society. He wrote more than 60 books and performed more than 2,000 kathakathans in his career.
One of his most famous kathakathans was Hasre Dukh (Laughing Sorrows), which was recorded and released by Alurkar Music House in 1982. It was one of the first audio books in Marathi and became a huge hit among the listeners. The kathakathan consisted of six stories that dealt with topics such as love, marriage, friendship, death, and spirituality. Va Pu Kale narrated the stories in his own voice with a blend of humor, emotion, and wisdom.
Another popular kathakathan by Va Pu Kale was Justice of Peace (Bhandanwale Joshi), which was also recorded and released by Alurkar Music House. It was a hilarious satire on the judicial system and the corruption in society. The kathakathan featured the character of Bhandanwale Joshi, a retired judge who had a habit of interfering in other people's affairs and dispensing his own justice. Va Pu Kale portrayed the character with his trademark wit and sarcasm.
Va Pu Kale's kathakathans are still cherished by his fans and admirers who find them relevant and relatable even today. His stories have been adapted into films, plays, and television shows. He has also inspired many other writers and storytellers to follow his footsteps and enrich the Marathi literature and culture.
If you want to listen to some of his kathakathans online, you can visit the following links:
Marathi Comedy Kathakathan [^1^]
Hasre Dukh [^2^]
Justice of Peace [^3^]
You can also download some of his kathakathans in pdf format from this blog.
Va Pu Kale was born on March 25, 1932 in Pune, Maharashtra. He completed his education from Fergusson College and Law College in Pune. He worked as a lawyer for some time before becoming a full-time writer and storyteller. He married Pratibha Kale, who was also a writer and a poet. They had two sons, Milind and Mandar.
Va Pu Kale started writing stories and novels in the 1950s. Some of his early works include Karmachari (Employee), Partner (Partner), Chimanrao (Chimanrao), and Vapurza (Bubble). He also wrote essays, travelogues, biographies, and children's books. He received several awards and honors for his literary contributions, such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, and the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar.
Va Pu Kale died on August 26, 2001 in Mumbai due to a heart attack. He was 69 years old. His death was mourned by his fans and the literary community. His legacy lives on through his books and kathakathans that continue to entertain and enlighten the readers and listeners. aa16f39245
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