An earlier incident also shaped Didiji’s resolve to bring Indian dance in its true form to the West. Whilst recuperating in Geneva, she went to a performance on Indian dance with her younger brother Mahendra and sister Nirmala. She was saddened, shocked and angered at what she saw. The purity of the original dance form had been lost, transformed into a lewd and vulgar parody. This galvanized her into action. Forgetting her illness, she requested her gurujis to help her put right what she perceived as a gross misrepresentation of the values and message of Indian dance. With the help of the gurujis, she gave a series of performances across Europe. For her London show, the Hon. David Steele M.P., Leader of the Liberal Party was the Chief Guest. On seeing her dance, he was moved to comment “In the past many programmes (of Indian dance) had been conducted in Britain from a western point of view, but this was perhaps the first programme showing Indian culture in its profundity which left the British spellbound.”

In addition to her contribution to dance, Didiji’s contribution to education, culture, and the performing arts was also recognised by the Sangeet Nritya Natak Academy of the Government of Gujarat which awarded her the “Tãmrapatra’ The Board of Trustees of Vishwa Gurjari honoured her with the title of “Vishwa Gurjari”. The International Yoga Conference conferred upon her the title “Yoga Shiromani” and the University of Saurashtra awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Literature.

Over the years spent in running Gurukul and in bringing spiritual dance to countless audiences across the world, Didiji was seeing sweeping change across all shapes of life. She recognised that change is inevitable, and that the winds of change would have a life-changing impact on Manipur. She foresaw that the economic, cultural, social and political changes sweeping through India would mean that the system of learning through an oral tradition would not survive. Children would not follow their father’s professions, and especially in the arts would not learn all that they had to offer. The knowledge of Manipuri dance so carefully preserved for generations from father to son would be lost forever.

This troubled her, and she realized that she would have to do something to save this rich heritage so dear to her.

The example of the great Rishi Vedvyas, who ensured that the lore of the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Purãnas was not lost to mankind forever after the Mahabharata by commiting all oral knowledge to written text, provided her with inspiration. The desire to save her beloved Manipuri dance from extinction spurred her on. Didiji embarked on the project of her life - to capture and codify all the knowledge of Manipuri dance into an encyclopaedia which would stand the test of time.

It was not easy. She started with extensive research on Manipuri culture. She had to gather all the best teachers, artists and gurus in Manipur to get their collective inputs and authentication on the content and its explanation. She had to commit to paper, without a single mistake, for an entire dance, the sequence, the spoken words, the music for each instrument and singer, illustrate the dance steps - individual as well as the choreography and the instruments. Explanatory notes had to be written giving the background, the meaning, the story and purpose of the dance. All this where there was only an oral tradition earlier. It was a mammoth task, and her love gave her the strength and zeal to keep going.