Aristotle's words - "The artistic representation of history is a more scientific and serious pursuit than the exact writing of history. For the art of letters goes to the heart of things, whereas the factual report merely collocates details" - form the guiding light for Vikram Sampath. Vikram's books belong to the narrative non-fiction category and deal with historical themes. But they have as their credo the above mentioned philosophy in documenting and presenting history. It is by going into "the heart of things" that one experiences history as something which happened to people like ourselves, and that, in turn, reveals the relevance of that history for us today.

Born and raised in Bangalore (Vikram's first love!), Vikram completed his schooling in Bangalore at the Sri Aurobindo Memorial School and Bishop Cotton Boys' School. He thereafter moved to the fascinating town of Pilani to obtain a Bachelors in Engineering in Electronics and a Masters in Mathematics from one of India's most reputed schools, BITS-Pilani. He then went on to obtain an MBA in Finance from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. Vikram has worked in many leading multinational firms like GE Money and Citibank and currently is a Team Leader with a information technology company in Bangalore.

Vikram's first book, Splendours of Royal Mysore: The Untold Story of the Wodeyars (Rupa & Co, 2008) has been widely acclaimed across India. The book traces the 600 year long history of Mysore, its royal family and culture. It has been termed as one of the most definitive accounts on the Mysore royal family in recent times. His second book "My Name is Gauhar Jaan!" - The Life and Times of a Musician (Rupa& Co, 2010) is the biography of Gauhar Jaan, India's first classical musician to record on the gramophone. The book has been hailed by several luminaries in India and abroad - ranging from Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Shri Shyam Benegal, Smt Rajashree Birla to renowned maestros like Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Smt Girija Devi, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Smt Shubha Mudgal and others. The book also won the prestigious ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections) International Award for Excellence in Historical Research, the first Indian book to have ever won this honour. Vikram's third book Voice of the Veena: S Balachander - A Biography (Rupa & Co, 2012) narrates the story of eminent Veena maestro late Padmabhushan Dr. S Balachander.

Vikram has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany (for 2010-11) where he studied the early gramophone recordings of Indian music. He has also established the Archive of Indian Music (AIM) as a private Trust that seeks to digitize and preserve old gramophone recordings of India.

Vikram publishes regularly in leading Indian dailies and magazines on a wide array of topics. In addition, Vikram is also a serious student of Carnatic Classical vocal music and has been training under various eminent practitioners of the art form. Subjects related to history, music, art and culture are close to his heart.

Voice of the Veena

Narrates the story of eminent Veena maestro late Padmabhushan Dr. S Balachander More…

My Name is Gauhar Jaan!

Traces the story of the life of one of the earliest women artists, the first Indian voice to be recorded in 1902. More…

Splendours of Royal Mysore

One of the most definitive accounts of the Wodeyar Dynasty in recent times. More…

Vikram in the media

Vikram featured in Be More-Legends campaign by Titan-India Today
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Alma Mater Honour

Vikram honoured with the prestigious 'Global 30 under 30 Award' by BITS-Pilani and the BITS Alumni Association and BITS-Pilani for excellence in the field of literature.. More…