Priyamvada was one of a number of gypsies who lived in one of India's many temperate deciduous forests. All the girls looked alike in their white dresses with their black hair tied up above their heads in a knot and a wreath of white flowers draped round the knot. One morning Priyamvada led her friends in a most delightful song and dance through the forest. They were observed in this pursuit without their knowledge by an elven prince, Banaji who resided in the same forest. He watched entanced as the gypsy girls playfully splashed their white sandalled feet in one of the rivers and then in pairs held hands and spun round singing what sounded like "I shall go, I shall go".
Prince Banaji watched them until they finally ceased dancing and then wandered off on his own. He had slightly long, black hair which he had twisted and clipped over his head with a silver clip and he carried a sword in a sheath that hung by his side. He pulled the sword out of the sheath and twirled it round as he danced, and sang a song of his own. While Prince Banaji sang, he imagined Priyamvada following him, her long, straight, black hair all loose, wearing a garland of white flowers in her hair. Finally, worn out from dancing, the elven prince lay down on his front in the grass after sheathing his sword, as he sang the last of his song; Mangalam Kunnile.