Ignatius Soreng, born in 1952, comes from a lowly tribal group in Odisha, India. A Catholic priest by profession in the Society of the Divine Word, he has been serving in the mission for over thirty years. He has been in the field of education for nineteen years, and currently is the Director of the Sanskruti Kendra: Tribal Cultural and Research Centre, Sundargarh, Odisha, India. He holds a Ph.D. in Odiya, and a Masters' in Odiya and English literature. Being active in the field of literature and music, he has several books, booklets, audio and video albums to his credit on spiritual, social and inspirational themes. His literary and musical creations span five languages - English, Hindi, Odiya, Sadri and Khadia.