Born in Balasore district (Odisha) in 1934, Shanti Devi began social work at an early age. She was nominated for Padma Shri, 2021.
She served the poor for nearly six decades, dedicating her life to the education and upliftment of tribal girls.
She is also known for the eradication of Yaws, a chronic bacterial infection.
She had founded an ashram at Gobarapallin village in Rayagada district and worked tirelessly for the development and education of tribal girls.
Later, she founded an ashram for leprosy patients in the district and after a few years, she shifted her base to Gunupur and founded the Seva Samaj in 1964 to impart education to tribal girls with an aim to make the tribal girls self-reliant.