Smt. Molina Devi was born in 1917. She received training in acting from Aparesh Mukherjee, and made her debut, at the age of 8, in a silent movie. She is today acknowledged as one of the leading actresses of the Bengali stage, with her professional career spanning more than three decades. Smt. Molina Devi’s high creative excellence has found expression in such diverse media as the stage, the film and the radio. As a founder of the M. G. Enterprise, now in its twenty-third year, she has been responsible for the success of such well-known plays as ‘Thakur Sri Sri’, ‘Rani Rasmoni’, ‘Jagatbandhu’ and ‘Bholagiri’. Smt. Molina Devi is also a gifted musician and many of her famous stage and film songs are available as disc recordings. She is presently attached to Rangana – a professional theatre in Calcutta, as its chief artiste. She has been honoured and decorated by many eminent organisations and learned bodies. For her eminence in the field of Drama and her contribution to its enrichment Smt. Molina Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting.