Shridhar Tilve (born 1 December in Kolhapur, Maharashtra) is an Indian philosopher, novelist, director, actor and playwright.
His father Shantaram was a shopkeeper, painter and classical singer. His mother Nalini is a housewife and once was an actress. His maternal and paternal family is Pujari of Rawalnath temple in Nageshi and politically active in their village Nageshi-Bandiwade. His maternal uncle Rohidas Naik actively participated in Goa Freedom Struggle and after freedom became sarpanch and later won election twice and became an M L A of GOA vidhansabha (1973–77 and 1977–81). He also acted as president of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. This family background has great influence on Shridhar Tilve.
Shridhar Tilve is an all rounder personality and worked as novelist,director,actor,play writer.He is one of the most important poets and critics of the post-cold war era of contemporary Marathi literature.(see page 43 -51 Shridhar Tilve: pratisrushticha nirmata Blog Pahila by Saleel Wagh Time And Space 2007 and Shridhar Tilve hyanchi kavita:ek aaklan by Nitin Rindhe Saushthv May 2004, see Uttaradhunik Sanvedanshiltecha Pratham Marathi Hoonkar-Shridhar Tilve pages 31 –40 by Vilas Patki NAVBHARAT JUNE 2000 ED:VASANT PALASHIKAR)
Currently he is working as a freelance writer/director and running his own production house, Srujan Films International.
He has built up an ontology of semiodities in Indian context touching contemporary world-view. He has coined the term 'Chouthi Navata' to the entire process of conversion of commodity to "semiodity". As per his argument, the world in which we exist is nothing but a world of "semiodity" & the man in this world is constantly nagged by semiodification the process created by Post Post Modern Era. According to him, in India, Post Industrial context was totally different from European & American context; so India needs new philosophy & sociology to explore the changes created by Post Industrial ethos.He created his own Post Industrial Darshan to explore it & has initiated a movement of 'Chouthi Navata', which encompasses the Post Modern & Post Post Modern attitudes in Indian context. He has criticised on Post Modernism sponsored by Euro-centric or Americo-centric methodology, constructed by Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard. According to him, these thinkers are irrelevant in India & their so-called binary opposition has no position in Asiatic phenomenon. (see teekaharan 99) and (an interview of Shridhar Tilve by Rahul Sarwate Parammitra Oct Nov 2006 and Sanwad 7 by Hemant Divate Abhidhanantar Diwali 2006)
He has attacked eminent poets & critics like Dilip Chitre (see visavya shatkatil sarvshreshtha marathi kavi by Shridhar Tilve Deelip Chitre Visheshank Abhidha Diwali 1995 EDITOR Shridhar Tilve Hemant Divate], Bhalchandra Nemade, Arun Kolatkar, Vilas Sarang(see aksharancha shram kela satyakathecha margi adhunikwad by Shridhar Tilve Abhidhanantar Oct Nov Dec 2001) ] vehemently and deconstructed contradictions in their critique in such a way that their contribution has become questionable. Then he was literally & literally out cast by established movements for 15 years. Fortunately new generation is taking him seriously, his meditation & construction of Indian ethos is becoming popular among them.
He has also criticized Karl Marx & initiated a movement to construct the new India in the post-industrial era following Indian tradition & its deconstruction. (see parivartanwad ka kosalhla? ambedkarwad marxwad ani uttaradhyatmikwad by Shridhar Tilve Saushthav 2005)
His collection of poems - Eka Bharatiya Vidyarthyache Udgar (second volume in DECATHLON SERIES) (1992 poetry) and Ka Vee (an intro volume of CHANNEL SERIES) (2004 poetry) have been published by Popular Prakashan (Popular Publication).
The poems written in period (1982 to 1987) are getting published under series DECATHLON. Its DECATHLON (an intro volume of DECATHLON SERIES) (2005 poetry) is also published by Shabdhavel Prakashan. Third volume of this series titled DECATHLON REAL is published by NAVTA PRAKASHAN in 2011.Recentlly fourth volume in this series titled DECATHLON:SURREAL is published by NAVTA PRAKASHAN.
In his STREEWAHINI (Shabdwell Prakashan 2004 Second In Channel Series) he has explored the world of Postninety Indian Women (First time in Marathi poetry) (see purushsattak wadala ulta tangun by Rekha Deshpande LOKSATTA 11th Feb 2007) First time the world of post-global underworld has entered through his newly published poetry collection 'Channel under the world' in Marathi. (See adhowishwache marathi darshan ghadwnari kavita kirtikumar shinde Lokprabha 24 apr 2009) (2009 shabdwell prakashan third of channel series). Channel Destroyery Arthat Jagtikikarnat Nasht Zalelya Goshti envisions the tragic destruction of things and processes (like elephants health pager poets loyalty trees mithi river)
Well known as philosopher & critic. The collection of essays on aesthetics of arts & philosophy of India has been published under title "TEEKAHARAN"('99 Criticisms) by Shabdhvel Prakashan. His another book on Indian aesthetic titled Margi Aani Deshi (Global & Native) is going to be publish by Popular Prakashan in 2009. This book criticised the literary movement launched by Nativist & philosophy of Nativism & tries to establish the balance between global & native culture.
His epic novel ADA.HAW. KA BA NA SU NA (Shortform of affair dot com hot cake kam bikenama nav suchat nahi) contains 1024 pages of hybrid presentation of prose, poetry, interviews, film scenes, one act play critique etc. internetting various genres and breaks the establishment of single genre(Shabdwell Prakashan 2008). It explores the world and transformation of first young cosmopolitan generation who faces the post-liberation and globalisation between 1987 to 1993.
His full-length prose Aatmacharitratil Kalpanic Kshan – Touchy, Touchable and Untouchable is published by Shabdhavel. This novel is on one level accepting Jacques Lacan's contribution in psychoanalysis & yet deconstructs it in reference of untouchability. Using Gautama Buddha's 'Darshan' & Lacan's psychoanalysis he creates parallel discourse in prose & poetry forms in such a way that reader feels the complexity & loose ends of philosophy in caste structure of India.
His collection of stories titled AMERIKECHE ADHYAKSHA ALE TEVHACHI GOSHT is published by NAVTA PRAKASHAN in 2011. Stories are related with emergency, Bhopal gas tragedy, an arrival of Bill Clinton, death of science and reaction of nastik, Mahatma Basweshwar, existential miracles, love story under the shadow of dalit-election politics, twin tower attack and imaginary death of poet and his last day experience.
His forthcoming book Selected Works of Shridhar Tilve – a book edited with a preface by Saleel Wagh - is also in the press and expected to see the light of the day or night in this year.
He has attended and represented numerous scholarly seminars, symposia and study circles and delivered the lectures almost on every sphere of the life.He was an ex-coeditor of Abhidha and during his tenure he transformed its romantic structure to rebellious structure (see page 22 kavita @ chauthi navta arthat Shridhar Tilve by Abhijeet Deshpande Abhidha-nantar Apr-Sep 2002 Editor Hemant Divate). He was an editor of (1993 to 2005) and now is publisher of Navniyatkalik (non-periodical) namely Sousthav from last several years from Mumbai.