Scene 1

(The sage Ayodadhommya and his disciple Upamanyu.)

AYODADHOMMYA: Upamanyu, today you have completed your formal studies, and so I wish to give you a new type of study. From now on, each day early in the morning you will take all my cows to the grazing ground to feed. You will watch them there, and you will bring them back in the evening.

UPAMANYU: Master, Father, I shall fulfil your wish. I shall fulfil your command.

(Exit Upamanyu.)