Prof. Udaya narayana singh


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Books – Translated (8)

[ESSAYS] 1983b. Iishvarcandra Vidyaasaagar. (Translated from English into Maithili, from Hiranmay Banerji). New Delhi : Sahitya Akademi. Makers of Indian Literature Series. 95 pp.

[ESSAYS] 2003. [Tr.] Maithili Sahityer Itihas. (Translated from Jayakanta Mishra’s Maithilii Saahityak Itihaas). New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi.

[POETRY] 2006. Second Person Singular [Translated from Maithili]. New Delhi: Katha.

[POETRY] 1998. [Ed. & Tr.] AnukRiti: A translation of Contemporary Maithili Poems into [POETRY] Bengali. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. 75 pp.

[POETRY] 2008. Munnilai Orumai (Tamil translation of Madhyampurush Ekvachan by Si.Mani). Trichy: Adaiyalam.

[POETRY] 2009. Zwite Person Zingular (German translation of Madhyampurush Ekvachan by Katya Vermouth). Heidelberg: Draupadi Verlag.

[POETRY] 2013a. Dhvase Jay Shanti Stup (Translated from Maithili into Bangla; Keertinarayan Mishra’s poems); Kolkata: Sahitya Akademi.

[POETRY & TEXT] 2013b/2016a. The Other Gitanjali. Andorra: AnimaViva multilingüe SL, Escaldes – Engordany, Principat d’Andorra []. ISBN 978-99920-68-26-7; E-Book: ISBN 978-99920-68-24-3 2016c, Indian Edition. The Original Gitanjali. Kolkata: E-Lekhan & AnimaViva multilingüe.

[POETRY & TEXT] 2017d. Vachana – Maithili translation of 2500 Vachanas from Kannada. Bangalore: Basava Samithi. Co-translated with 10 other Maithili poets.

  1. Prestigious Lectures & Delegations:

  • Lectures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA as LSA Fellow, 1978;

  • Visiting Lecturer, Univ of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 1980 with additional lectures at Khulna and


  • Lectures at the World Congress of Linguistics with a Permanent International Committee of

Linguistics Fellowship, Humboldt University, Berlin (East, GDR-East Germany, 1985;

  • Delivered lectures as Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1989;

  • Delivered lectures at the universities of Venice, Naples and Rome as a member of Indian

delegation in Italy, 1999;

  • Special lecture at the Asian Institute, Islamabad; January, 1999;

  • Plenary Lecture at the 7th Himalayan Languages Symposium, Uppsala; Sweden, 2001;

  • Visiting Faculty, University of Uppsala for SASNET-SIDA Project on Himachal Pradesh

languages, Sweden; 2003;

  • Plenary Talk, Inaugural Seminar, Asia Research Institute, Singapore; 2003;
  • Lecture at the International Seminar on Central Peripheries, Peripheral Centers, University of

Saarbrucken, Germany; 2004;

  • UNESCO Lecture, Bangkok, Thailand; 2005;

  • Delegation to Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka, Mauritius to lecture and sign MoU between CIIL

and MGI, 2006;

  • Poet-Invitee, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany, 2006 with readings in lectures in four


  • Leader of Indian Delegation of Writers, China (To Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai); September 2007

  • Delegation to the National Institute of Language Education and Training, (NILET), Colombo, Sri

Lanka to sign MoU, 2007;

  • Prof. S.K.Chatterji Memorial lectures; Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New

Delhi; October 2008;

  • 5th Gargi Gupta Memorial Lecture at the French Embassy Information Centre & Bharatiya Anuvad

Parishad, Delhi, 12th Nov 12, 2009;

  • Plenary Lecture, 18th European Conference on South Asian Studies, University of Lund, Sweden,


  • Inaugural Plenary, 14th World Pragmatics Congress, University of Goteborg, Sweden, 2008;

  • Special lecture at the United Nations on the occasion of International Year of Languages,

December 2008;

  • Academic Visit to inaugurate Language Resource Centre at MGI, Mauritius, 2008;

  • Lectures on Translation at the London Book Fair, 2009;

  • Delegation to Kathmandu for South Asian University Meeting, Nepal, 2009;

  • Tagore Memorial Lecture at IIT, Kharagpur in December 2009;

  • Prof. Shantibhai Desai Memorial Lecture at Kuvempu University, Shimoga, April 2011;

  • Invited lectures, Institute of Post-Colonial Studies, Melbourne, Australia, 2011

  • Special Lecture at the Joint Bangladesh-India Tagore 150 Celebrations, Dhaka, May 2011;

  • Inauguration Invited Lecture at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington May, 2011;

  • ICCR lecture, Moscow, Russian State University, Moscow; 2011

  • ICCR Lecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2011

  • Member of Indian delegation in Paris and Chicago for establishment of Vivekananda Chair and

Inauguration of Tagore’s Original Painting Exhibition in February 2012;

  • Keynote at the World Bengali Convention, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 19-21 February, 2012;

  • Inaugural Lecture at the European Hindi Conference at the University of Valladolid, Spain and

also in Casa de’la India, in March 2012;
  • Plenary lecture in the International Forum for US Studies Conference at UIUC on 5-7 April, 2012;

  • Inaugural Lecture at the 18th Himalayan Languages Symposium, BHU, Varanasi, 18-19th Oct


  • Panel lecture at ‘Samanvay’: Bharatiya Bhasha Mahotsava organized by the India Habitat Centre,

New Delhi (Nov 4-5, 2012);

  • Inaugural lecture at ‘Melbandhan Festival’, Mumbai for Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi and Bengali

Literature (Nov 25,2012);

Nobel Prize, Visva-Bharati-JNU-Beijing University, 19th Dec 2012;

  • Silver Junilee Lecture for CALTS, University of Hyderabad, June 2013;

  • Plenary Lecture at the International Conference on Tagore and Mo Yan, Tongji University,

Shanghai, June 2013

  • Keynote address: ‘Language of Power: Power of Language’. International seminar on Language

and Power: Perspectives, Issues and Impact; Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, J.N.U. in

collaboration with University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and Central Institute of Indian

Languages, Mysore; April 6-7, 2013.

  • Special lecture on the Bangla New Year eve: ‘Chithipatrer semiotics o Rabindranath.’ Rabindra

Teertha, Kolkata; April 14 [with a documentary on ‘Belles lettres of Tagore’ produced under self],


Articulation: Surviving the Information Age.’ International Academic Conference on from Tagore

to Mo Yan: The Universality of One Hundred Years of Oriental Culture; June 1-3, 2013.

  • Invitation at the Europalia Festival by the Govt of Rumania, The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Belgium; Public Debate on Maitreyi Devi, Mircea Elliad and Tagore; Udaya Narayana Singh and Sorin Alexandrescu, mediated by Patrick Pasture, 25th November 2013.

  • Masterclass lecture at the European Commission, Brussels: ‘Tagore and Innovative Education’;, Belgium; 26th Nov 2013.

  • Talk on Tagore with Performance by Kaberi Chatterji at the sanctuary of Meritxell, Andorra: Tagore at Meritxell;; Nov 28, 2013.

  • Plenary lecture at the National Seminar on 'Treasure of Tranquility: Philosophical Legacy of Indian Education', Vinaya Bhavana, Visva-Bharati  ‘Education and What It Does to Us!’ on 3-4 February, 2014.

  • Invited Plenary Talk at the at Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal; 'The linguistic landscape of Bangla as Swamiji was engaged in constructing,' National Seminar on ‘Swami Vivekananda’s Ideas and Our Times: A Retrospect on His 150th Birth Anniversary’, 21-22 Feb 2014.
  • Special Lecture at the Seminar on Suniti Kumar Chatterjee, Department of Linguistics, University of Calcutta: ‘Suniti Kumar In Search of a Metaphor: On Policy, Perspectives and Pluralism’; March 6, 2014.

  • Valedictory Lecture at the Seminar on “Multilingualism and the Literary Culture of India,” Centre for Comparative Literature, UoH, & Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi at the School of Humanities’ Auditorium, University of Hyderabad; 27-29 March 2014.

  • Plenary Talk, University of Strassbourg (France) : Inauguration of the Chair of Sanskrit & Indian Civilization, 3-5th November 2016.

  • Special Lecture at the CCSEAS International Conference on Lu Xun and Tagore, JNU & University of Delhi: “Sanity and Insanity: The Concerns of Tagore and Lu Xun”; Oct 2016.

  • Extra-mural lecture at Amity University, Gurgaon: ‘Tagore, Nature and Culture, Discovering the Roots of Gitanjali’; September 19, 2016.

  • Plenary Talk at the First World Congress on Translation, CMT & University of Paris at Nanterre; May 2017

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