Guest talk by Mr. Vikram Sampath, author/historian/musician
Guest talk by Mr. Vikram Sampath, author/historian/musician, Founder of Bangalore Literature, Festival and Archive of Indian Music, and Director, SSMC
was held on February 8, 2017 at IIIT-B.
Title of the talk: "Changing Soundscapes- History and evolution of sound recording in India"This illustrated audio-visual talk traces the evolution of recording technology from the earliest media of phonographs and gramophones till the latest digital era. It deals with the contributions of various artists who contributed immensely in this journey. The talk also deals with vital issues related to the loss of our audio heritage and the dire need for preservation, archiving and dissemination and how technology could play a game-changer role in this effort.
About the Speaker: Bangalore-based historian, Vikram Sampath is the 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 was awarded 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", written by Mahesh Dattani and Vikram, and directed by Lillette Dubey.
Vikram was among the 4 writers and artists to be selected by the Honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee as a Writer-in-Residence, to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for 3 weeks, in 2015. He is a Visiting faculty of music and history at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he has also submitted his doctoral thesis in history. He was awarded the prestigious Visiting Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, where he researched the early gramophone recordings of Indian music. Vikram is also part of several Government Committees--the Central Government's I&B Ministry Committee on Archives for AIR & DD, Dr Sam Pitroda Committee on archives, Karnataka Government Tourism Vision Group, Karnataka Knowledge Commission etc and represents India in the UNESCO body, ISME (International Society for Music Education). He is currently chosen as one of the young leaders for the Aspen Global Leadership Programme and also would be representing India at the Australia-India Youth Dialogues in February 2017. He is an engineer/mathematician from BITS-Pilani and an MBA from SP Jain, Mumbai. He is also a trained Carnatic vocalist and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines. He has established the Archive of Indian Music, India's first digital sound archive for vintage recordings, and is one of the Founder Directors of the Bangalore Literature Festival.