How She Moves

Born a Bengali Christian in Pakistan in 1929, Indu Mitha belonged to two minorities, one ethnic, and the other religious. At the time of Partition, her family moved to Delhi from Lahore, where she attended university and learnt the art to which she would dedicate her life. Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance originating in Tamil Nadu, became her forte and she its exponent. She began teaching in India, and when she migrated back to Pakistan after her marriage in 1951, she continued teaching the art form, which had originally been associated with Hindu deities. At the tender age of 90, Mrs Mitha’s contribution to preserving ancient classical dance is a legacy to be celebrated. On the eve of Pakistan’s 70th anniversary, How She Moves follows the spirited guru as she prepares for her students’ final performance before she retires.