Niroshini Thambar - Composer/Sound Designer

Niroshini Thambar

Niroshini is a musician and composer for theatre and installation. Themes of life history, identity and belonging frequently inspire and thread through her work.

Composition and sound design credits include The Arrival (Solar Bear), Secret Life of Suitcases (Ailie Cohen Puppets/Unicorn Theatre), Twa and The Bridge (Annie George) commissioned for the Commonwealth Games 2014 cultural programme, Valentina’s Galaxy (Frozen Charlotte) commissioned for the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018 and Glasgow Pixillated a short film by Dfiefoe for the Glasgow 2018 championships cultural programme. Soundtracks as co-­‐ composer/co-­‐sound designer include Chronicles (NTS/Project X/Thulani Rachia), the sound design for Drift (Vision Mechanics/Nordland Visual Theatre), From Here to There (La Nua), Cargo (Iron Oxide/Edinburgh Mela) and Moonbeam on a Cat’s Ear (Jabuti Theatre).

Initially working as a live musician on violin and keyboards, Niroshini performed and recorded with bands including Finitribe and Lamb before moving into composing and producing music and sound for a diverse range of work. In 2012 she created the audio-­‐visual installation Memory Box, about Sri-­‐ Lankan diaspora experience during an artist residency with the Edinburgh Mela, who also commissioned her to create trans:migration, an audio-­‐visual installation inspired by the life and work of John Muir, in collaboration with artists and members of South Asian and African communities living in Scotland. In 2013 she received backing from the PRS Foundation for Transmission, a commission from Drake Music Scotland for an audio-­‐visual installation of life history, memory music and sound with care home residents in West Lothian.

She is currently developing a new theatre production, Girl on a String, as an Accelerator 2018 artist with Imaginate, and is also a recipient of a Starter 2018 residency with National Theatre of Scotland, researching new ideas around female experience, identity, the body and landscape.

Prior to establishing her creative practice, Niroshini studied Environmental Sciences and Human Ecology, which continues to inform her work. For more info visit