WHO IS THE MAN IN RED?
WHY IS HE ACTING AS A SPOKESPERSON FOR OTHERS?
Here is another very simple Legend of Ponnivala video clip. Again I have inserted it into my blog for teachers to use. The scene does not need much comment. As the story unfolds, the Chola king’s attendant goes to find Kolatta. He then brings him into the king’s reception hall where his eight brothers are waiting. The Chola asks Kolatta to confirm that these men who are there to see him are indeed his own birth-brothers. It is significant, perhaps, that Kolatta is the key person here, and the one most trusted by the king. After all he has already proven himself to be a good worker. So it is Kolatta who is asked to confirm the identity of these visitors. Once that is done the king immediately offers them all work. Furthermore, the rate of pay he names is exactly the same as that their elder sibling has been earning; twenty measure of grain a month. It is taken for granted, it would seem, that the nine brothers are all equivalent where setting a labour rate is the issue.