Papiya Adhikari was born on 1st June in Kolkata. Her nickname was ‘Pappa’. She was the daughter of Sri Sudhansu Adhikari and Smt Kalyani Adhikari. Papiya Adhikari passed her Higher Secondary Examination from South Point School, after this completed his graduation on Comparative Literature (Hons) from Jadavpur University.Papiya Adhikari’s first released film was ‘Sonar Sansar’ directed Ratish De Sarkar in the year 1985. However she faced the camera for the first time in the film called ‘Swarnamoyeer Thikana’. Papiya Adhikari was given the role of a lead actress in the play called ‘Soshane Kandche Lakkhi’. On this, she bagged the best actress award from the west Bengal Government. She took her dance lessons from Shyamal Maharaj. She was deeply involved with Doordarshan, telefilms, radio and with theatres. Papiya Adhikari tied her knots with the cricket player cum C.A, Tamal Kanti De. They have a daughter.