“With footage as raw and dramatic as this, it's a credit to composer Nainita Desai that her score remains restrained and understated throughout, emphasising subtler themes of endurance and empathy, while gesturing gently toward the possibility of hope – of love – even in the midst of tragedy.” - FOR SAMA The Guardian Film Review 2019
Working at the forefront of a new wave of artists, Nainita is a BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRIT and has scored countless bespoke TV series and film scores for all the major broadcasters from the BBC to HBO to ITV and C4. She is a Music+Sound Award 2016 winner for Best Feature Film Score, GOPO Romania Film Awards Nominee 2019 for Best Film Score, RTS West Award 2019 Nominee for BBC series Extraordinary Rituals.
Nainita’s recent 2018/19 releases include Untamed Romania, the most successful Romanian non-fiction film in 2018 that World Premiered at Transylvania Film Festival, WW2 thriller Enemy Within, BFI psychological horror Darkness Visible (Dir: Neil Biswas, co-creator of Sky 1 Lucky Man), The Life After (BBC / Screen Ireland) World Premiere at Galway Intl Film Festival 2018, Anemone Dir: Amrou Al-Khadi |(Screen Intl Star 2018 | BBC Film / Film London).
Her current 2019 projects include feature films The Reason I Jump (BFI) dir by award winner Jerry Rothwell, and recently completed For Sama (C4/PBS), dir by Emmy award winner Ed Watts and Waad Al-Kateeab and which has to date won top prizes at SXSW, HOTDOCS, Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival, Exit Eve, exec prod: Camille Gatin (The Girl With All the Gifts) and Interactive movie / video game Telling Lies for Annapurna Interactive (Phantom Thread, Destroyer) directed by multi-Bafta winning Sam Barlow.
Also known for her work on TV dramas including Emmy winner Maxwell (BBC) and the factual drama To Kidnap A Princess (ITV), films include The Confessions of Thomas Quick (BFI/Film4), Bafta, Grierson and RTS 2018 Nominees:Raped-My Story and Catching A Killer (C4), Extraordinary Rituals the BBC NHU follow up to the multi Bafta winning series Human Planet and the title theme for the prestigious BBC Royal Wedding Meghan and Harry.
Working in a wide range of musical genres, Nainita moves seamlessly between working with orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra (Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and ethnic influenced music utilising her collection of custom made instruments from around the world, to electronics, found sound and experimental sound design well as song-writing which has led to collaborations with artists including Eivor (The Last Kingdom) and writing documentary musicals for the BBC including the acclaimed Mumbai High – The Musical.
Nainita’s musical foundations are rooted in documentary where she has forged an enviable reputation, working with leading film makers on numerous projects that have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY awards and nominations, proving time and again that she is extremely versatile, able to adapt to the demands of any project embracing every score with a unique creative approach where required.
As a sound designer, Nainita’s career began on feature films for Bertolluci (Little Buddha) and Werner Herzog (Lessons of Darkness) including Backbeat (Dir: Ian Softley), Lessons of Darkness (Dir: Werner Herzog), August (Dir: Anthony Hopkins), and Hackers (Angelina Jolie).
Nainita obtained degrees in Mathematics before attending the NFTS specializing in sound design. She was born and brought up in London to Indian parents and her eclectic musical upbringing as a child led her to studying the sitar, piano, guitar, tabla, singing and violin. Her passion for music technology led to her working as a freelance music engineer working with many top artistes and bands ranging from The Damned to Tori Amos. which led to work with Peter Gabriel during the legendary Real World Recording Week sessions, working with over 70 of the top World Music artistes including Papa Wemba, Billy Cobham, Daniel Lanois, Jane Sibbery, Nigel Kennedy, Sinead O’Connor, Ravi Shankar and Peter Gabriel