Gaana Bhushanam Srimathy.Ambika.Thamotheram is a renowned musician in the U.K. She is a famous artist of inter-national repute. She is versatile in Carnatic Music, Pannisai ,Mellisai and Dance Music.
When she immigrated to UK in 1989 there were no examinations for fine arts students. She started and developed an exam for a Tamil school for 12 years and then moved on to form an independent board OEBL.
While in Srilanka she worked as Music Instructor for Government Schools for over 20 years. She has also served as a Contract Producer for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation during which time the Childrens Programme she produced won the Silver Medal at the Childrens Radio Competition held in Tokyo, Japan.
Srimathi Ambika Thamotheram has been a regular Radio and T V artist In Carnatic Vocal and a Super Grade Artist in Pannisai.She was honored by the Sri Lanka Cultural Ministry and has received many awards. She was selected as a delegate to perform at the 6 th International Tamil Conference held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in 1986 and at the World Hindu Conference held in Kathmandu Nepal in 1987 hosted by King Birendra of Nepal.
In Feb 2000 she was invited to perform at the Millennium Celebrations held in the Vatican City in the presence of Pope John Paul II. In `1979, she had training in Nattuvangam under the renowned Guru Adayar K Lakshmanan, with whom she had sung for many of his disciples in Srilanka & India during which time, she was awarded the title “Natya Kokila Vaani”.
Ambika has sung for hundreds of Bharatha Natyam and Kuchupudi dance Arangetrams in many of the principal cities of the world. She has also composed lyrics and music for Dance Dramas. She has released Audio Cassettes of Vocal Music and Children’s Songs and CDs on Dance Music.
She is currently the Managing Director for Oriental Examination Board London ( OEBL).