Dr. Vikram Sampath

Festival Director, Arth - A Culture Quest Author and Historian

A well-known writer and the bestselling author of three acclaimed books: Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars on the Mysore royal family; “My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician”- the biography of India’s first recording superstar Gauhar Jaan of Calcutta and “Voice of the Veena: S Balachander – A Biography” the story of eminent veena maestro late Dr. S Balachander, Vikram has contributed immensely towards narrating many great stories through his writings.

Vikram has been awarded with the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan. The book has also been adapted to theatre as a play “Gauhar”, directed by Lillette Dube and is now being adapted to a Bollywood film by noted film-maker Ashutosh Gowariker.

Vikram was among the 4 writers and artists to be selected by the former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee as a Writer-in-Residence, to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for 2 weeks, in 2015. He is currently working on a two-volume biography of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

Vikram was among the 4 writers and artists to be selected by the former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee as a Writer-in-Residence, to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for 2 weeks, in 2015. He is currently working on a two-volume biography of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

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