A poet-linguist-essayist and translation theoretician, Udaya Narayana Singh currently holds a Professorial Chair at Rabindra Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan where he was also the first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2010-12). He was the Director of India’s premier institution in Linguistics – Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore (2000-09; www.ciil.org). He had also set up for the Government of India, the National Translation Mission (NTM), the Linguistic Data Consortium for Indian Languages (LDC-IL) and the National Testing Service (NTS). At the University of Hyderabad, he established what is now one of the most vibrant centers of Linguistics and Translation, called the CALTS, or Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies.
Udaya Narayana Singh taught Linguistics, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature and English at the Universities of Hyderabad, Delhi, Surat and Baroda. He was awarded Mithila Vibhuti Sanman 2007 and the Keertinarayan Mishra Award (Chetana Samiti) for his play ‘No entry: Maa Pravisha’, 2009. Recently, he was also awarded the 2014-Kalaignar Porkizhi Award by BAPASI, Chennai – the organizers of Chennai Book Fair.
Singh has authored 23 books in Bangla, Maithili and English, and published over 180 research papers besides editing 19 volumes and translating eight other books. His latest books include a voluminous book of literary essays – Bhashar Sahitya: Sahityer Bhasha. Kolkata: Anushtup. , a poetry collection in Bengali – Esecho eso raat. . Kolkata: Sahaj Path, an anthology of short stories for children – Bhut-Chaturdashi; Karigar, Kolkata , and a major translation initiative: The Other Gitanjali. Andorra:Anima Viva Multilingue .
Besides having lectured in Australia, Bangladesh, Caribbean Islands, China, France, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand & USA, he had been a Poet-invitee at the Frankfurt Book Fair (2006) and London Book Fair (2009). He led the Indian cultural delegation to China in 2007, and was a member of Indian delegation to UNESCO (Paris), France and USA during 2010-12 and to Russia, Thailand and China again in 2013.