Udaya Narayana Singh

Muse India's Contributing Editor for Maithili literature

Prof Udaya Narayana Singh is Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for National Integration & Pro-Vice Chancellor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. 

Born in 1951 at Calcutta, Dr Singh writes in both Maithili (in which he has 3 collections of poems, 11 plays, and a few books in translation) with a pen-name ‘Nachiketa’, and also in Bengali (with two collections of poems, 3 books of translation, 7 edited books of essays and scores of literary essays). He has also translated from and into Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Maithili, Sanskrit and English, and has edited the first poetry journal in Maithili called Maithili Kavita for a number of years. His research publications in Linguistics and Translation Studies are over 150, and they are in varied fields.

Dr Singh earned Linguistics honours at Sanskrit College, Calcutta, and later at the Univ of Delhi (Ph.D., 1979). He taught at several Indian universities, including MSU-Baroda (1979-81), SGU-Surat (1981-85), Univ of Delhi (1985-87), and later at the University of Hyderabad (1987-2000). Dr Singh has been an Eshan Scholar of the University of Calcutta (1972), UGC Fellow (1994-99), a recipient of LSA fellowship at Urbana (1978), CIPL-grant for visiting Berlin (GDR) (1987), a member of the Indo-Italian Cultural Exchange Programme for Creative writers, and a member of the Official delegation of scholars to Trinidad & Tobago (2002). He has been Chief Editor of Indian Linguistics, 1988-1990, and a Visiting Professor of IIAS (1989), and delivered many prestigious lectures in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Sweden, Germany (including erstwhile East Germany), and USA.
He has been a Life Member of numerous academic bodies and societies, including LSI, DLA, ASRC, Canadian Studies, and Comparative Literature Association, and has completed several major projects in Sociolinguistics, NLP, and Translation Studies, besides supervising a large number of doctoral and M.Phil. students in Linguistics, Translation and Comparative Literature.

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