Vikram Sampath

Festival Director, Arth - A Culture Fest, Author and Historian

Bangalore based historian, Dr. Vikram Sampath is the author of three acclaimed books: ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars’, ‘My Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician’, and ‘Voice of the Veena: S Balachander – A Biography’. His latest book, a national bestseller, is the first of a two-volume biography ‘Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past’ from Penguin Random House India. Vikram was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar in English literature 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 as the play “Gauhar” by Lillette Dubey, and is being adapted to a Bollywood film by Ashutosh Gowariker. Vikram was among the 4 writers and artistes to be selected as a Writer‐in‐Residence at Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2015. Vikram has a doctorate in history and music from the University of Queensland, Australia and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) Berlin, an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow and has been selected as the only one from India for the Eisenhower Global Fellowship Program 2020. An Engineering graduate with a Master’s degree in Mathematics from BITS‐Pilani and an MBA in Finance from S. P. Jain, Mumbai, Vikram is also a trained Carnatic vocalist. He has worked with several corporates such as GE Money, Citibank, Hewlett Packard, and the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture where he headed the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in South India. Vikram has established the Archive of Indian Music, India’s first digital sound archive for vintage recordings, and is the Founder-Director of the Bangalore Literature Festival and the ZEE Group’s ‘ARTH-A Culture Fest’.

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