Indubala Debi was one of the early actress in Bengali Cinema, was born on 5th November 1899 in Amritsar. She was the daughter of Matilal Basu and Chhayabala Debi. At the age of 13 she got scholarship from her school. She could not go for higher education as she has decided to be an actress. Indubala Debi made her appearance for the first time in a talkie film called ‘Jamuna Puline’ directed by Priyanath Ganguly, was released in 1932. She used to earn 250/- monthly. Indubala’s father had a circus ‘Great Bengal Circus’ in which her mother Chhayabala Debi used to produce her shows. Indubala took her music lessons from famous singers like Gourishankar Mitra, Kalicharan Mitra, Jamiruddin Khan, Elahi Baksh, Piyaru Kawal and from Kazi Nazrul Islam. Professionally, she has performed in stages too. She had also worked in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Telegu films. She had also worked with Sishir Kr Bhaduri and Dani Babu. Indubala passed away on 30th November 1984.
Indubala bagged the Academy Award for music and drama in 1975. She was awarded with a ‘Golden Disc’ by HMV in the year 1976.