A multi-faceted personality, Dr. Vikram Sampath is an engineer who graduated from BITS, Pilani, did his MBA (Finance) from S.P.Jain, Mumbai and got his Ph.D in History and Music from the University of Queensland, Australia. He proceeded to get trained as a Carnatic Vocalist. Based in Bengaluru, Dr. Sampath is an acclaimed writer/historian and author of three bestselling 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. The book on Gauhar Jaan, a biography on India’s first recording superstar from Kolkata, won him the ARSC International Award for Excellence in historical research in New York in 2011.
He has been chosen as one of the young leaders for the Aspen Global Leadership Programme and represented India at the Australia-India Youth Dialogue. He established the Archive of Indian Music, India’s first digital sound archive for vintage recordings of the country. Dr. Sampath is also the Founder-Director of the Bangalore International Folk Festival organised in association with the Times of India Group.