Born on 23 September 1978 in Cheruapara village of Orissa, Shrimati Padmini
Dora received her initial training in folk music from Shri Bijay Behera. At a later
stage, her skills in folk singing were honed under Shri Ratan Pujari.
Starting out young in the field of folk music, Shrimati Dora has achieved eminence as a performer of Sambalpuri folk songs and has participated in many national and international seminars, conferences, workshops, and festivals. She is an approved artist of Yuva Vani, Sambalpur. Shrimati Dora has been working as a guru for Sambalpuri folk songs at Lahari – a Sambalpuri Dance Academy, Sambalpur and has trained a large number of students of the region, making a significant contribution in the promotion and preservation of Sambalpuri folk music. She is also attached with a SGSY Special Project “Revival and Revitalization of Dying Folk Art of Orissa” as a Project Coordinator under the scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. She has to her credit a large number of recordings and audio visual production of Sambalpuri folk songs.
For her contribution in the field of folk music, Shrimati Padmini Dora has been honoured with several awards including the Kalakar Samman conferred by Kala Evam Kalakar Sanstha, Sambalpur (2007), the Kalakar Samman conferred by Utkal Jagannath Seva Samiti, Kolkata (2011), the Rangabati Samman conferred by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (2012), the Toshali Samman given by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (2013), and the Kalinga Bharati Samman by KBRC, Cuttack (2014).
Shrimati Padmini Dora is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2012 for her notable talent in the field of folk music of Orissa.