The Conference was opened up by Indu Mitha and her students rendering a dance performance which encapsulated the struggle of women in the country. The performance symbolised the resistance of the few courageous women who continued to dance and teach dance despite State censorship and repressions. Through each student, Indu Mitha conveyed her efforts to fight customs and traditions that impeded and inhibited women’s natural expressions of body and rhythm.

This was followed by Tehreema Mitha’s dance performance which symbolised life cycles and emotions within the environment we live in. the dance represented all that her teacher, Indu Mitha has strived to teach a future generation of dancers made so much more difficult by a censorious State, the effects of which women still suffer.