Malabika Ray is a senior academician, actor, lyricist and poet. A popular name in the culture and literary spheres of Odisha, she has been a lyricist with All India Radio (AIR), Cuttack and Doordarshan since 1965. She has penned lyrics for more than 300 songs and written several poems, short stories, essays and features. She has worked as a drama artiste for both AIR and Doordarshan. Her multifaceted career notwithstanding, she still nurtures her love for composing and writing music. She has acted in four Odia films, Nagaphasa, Anurag, Aparichita and Muhurta. The accomplished actor-lyricist is also a motivational speaker, frequently inspiring people with her talks.