Dr Madan Gopal Singh retired from a Delhi University after teaching English literature for 42 years. He has since been travelling all over the world giving music performances and conducting workshops in various universities and colleges.
Dr Singh holds postgraduate degrees in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. Additionally, he has India’s first Ph.D on cinema undertaking a semiotic study of some the seminal film texts from the thirties and the sixties.
Among the institutions and universities where he has conducted workshops and has lectured are Chicago University on the sacred music of North India, Hofstra University on the hermeneutics of the sacred word, Framingham University on music (all from US), University of British Columbia on Heer Ranjha, Simon Fraser University on the ways of resisting (both from Canada), School of Oriental and African Studies, London University (UK), on cinema, sufism and cultural histories at CEPT (Ahmedabad), Adishakti (Pondicherry), on cinema at NID (Ahmedabad), St Xavier College (Mumbai), on Indian aesthetics and the cinema of Mani Kaul at Visva Bharati (Shanti Niketan, Bolpur), World Literature Centre, Dhaka on Tarkovsky’s cinema, a series of open workshops and lectures at the Smithsonian Institute on the Secular Ethos of the Sacred with reference to the cultural exchange during the days of Silk Route. There are many other universities, schools and colleges where he has initiated cultural dialogues around the themes of histories and memories.
He has performed extensively as a singer in some of the most prestigious festivals of the world including the Festival of India at Brussels, the Alchemy Festival / Jahan-e-Khusrau Festival at the Southbank Centre, London, Smithsonian Silk \ Route Folk Festival, Washington, World Sufi Spirit Festival, Lahore, World Sacred Spirit Festival, Jodhpur, World Music Festival, Trondheim, Norway, World Book Fair, Frankfurt, Theatre Biennale, Bonn, Evento, Bordeaux, Parramatta Southasian Festival, Parramatta, Sydney, Another Passage to India, Geneva, Dialog 2004, Barcelona, Sound Res, San Cesario, Torcito, Bari and so on.
He has composed music for the celebrated Pakistani film, Khamosh Pani and, last year, to the Irrfan Khan starrer Song of the Scorpion. Among the films scripted by him are Rasayatra (on the life of Pt Mallikarjun Mansur), Name of a River (on the life of the iconic Bengali filmmaker, Ritwik Ghatak) and did dialogues and lyrics of Kayataran, Qissa, Khamosh Pani and Song of the Scorpion.
Dr singh was visitor’s nominee to the International Mahatma Gandhi Hindi University, Vardha.