Born in 1951, and a grass-root bilingual in Bengali and Maithili, Singh is an internationally renowned linguist, translation theoretician, creative writer and lexicographer. He has been the Director of Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India – the premier language institution of India for nine years (2000-2009) and also the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati (wikipedia), Santiniketan for two years (2011-12). Singh taught Linguistics, Comparative Literature, English and Translation at the Universities of Hyderabad (1987-2000), Delhi (1985-87 & 1979), Surat (1981-85) and Baroda (1979-81), and is currently professor at Rabindra Bhavana, Visva-Bharati handling Cultural Studies and Linguistics programs.
Singh earned Ph.D. degree in Linguistics (Delhi) in 1979 in Syntax and Semantics. He studied B.A. (Hons) in Linguistics at Calcutta University and M.A. in linguistics at the University of Delhi 1972-74, and a semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He published 6 collections of poems with translation of his poems in several Indian and European languages, 11 plays as well as 6 books of literary essays, besides translating 6 books. In addition, he has authored over 180 research papers in Linguistics, Literature, Translation and Sociology of Language as well as edited about 16 books.
Singh visited and lectured in Australia, Bangladesh, Caribbean Islands, China, France, German Democratic Republic (GDR), Germany (unified), Iceland, Italy, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand & USA, and received several grants and honors. He also led the Indian cultural delegation to China during 2007-08, and had been a member of Indian delegation to UNESCO in 2011, and to Bangladesh, France, Russia and USA in 2012, and to China in 2013. He had also been a Poet-invitee at the Frankfurt Book Fair (2006) and London Book Fair (2009).
Prof Singh was received in the Principality of Andorra and performed on November 28th at the Sanctuary of Meritxell, with a conference and multilingual poetry lecture ‘n dance to celebrate the centenary of Tagore’s Nobel prize Award in literature 1913.