O, dark-tressed beauty
Blinded by lust, Keechaka arrives for his tryst with Sairandhri, little knowing the night holds for him not love but death. In the dimly-lit dance hall, Keechaka assumes Valala’s covered form to be the sensuous person of Malini.
The stony silence and Valala’s muscular contours under the covers arouse his suspicions, but he is ultimately caught by surprise and is in no frame of mind to fight back when Valala attacks. After a brief struggle between the two titans, Valala strangles Keechaka to death.