She taught the 'new' theatre in Natmandal along with Parikh and Jashwant Thaker, brought the form of Beijing Opera for experimental performances, actively promoted Bhavai, and herself directed original Gujarati drama. Moving back to Bombay, she won awards as a character actress in alternative Hindi films such as Basu Chatterjee's Sara akash i.e. 'The Whole Sky' in 1969. In this film she played the mother while Saeed Mirza's Mohan Joshi hazir ho! Or 'Summons for Mohan Joshi' in 1984 she acted the wife. She worked in Children's theatre as well as with cultural organizations like Loknatya and Navnatya. She also acted on stage in Hindi and English.
Her sister, Shanta Gandhi was also trained as a dancer and was a founder member of IPTA. Shanta Gandhi performed in many dance-dramas along with Dina. She joined the National School of Drama as a teacher in 1960. In NSD she directed Bhasa's Madhyamavyayoga in 1966, most memorably resurrected Bhavai in Jasma Odan in 1968, and applied Nautanki in Amar Singh Rathor. Dina Pathak has two daughters Supriya Pathak and Ratna Pathak. Supriya Pathak is married to Pankaj Kapoor while Ratna Pathak is married to prominent star Naseeruddin Shah. All of them are actively connected to the theatre and entertainment media. This respected artist Dina Pathak died in 2002.