LEGEND OF LOVE
Mekhemene Banu is overcome by passion for Ferkhad. She can think about nothing else. She is in despair, realising that without her beauty she can never win Ferkhad’s heart.
The young Shireen is dreaming of her happiness with her beloved. She is filled with both happiness and anxiety thinking of their next meeting. Ferkhad sneaks into Shireen’s chamber and the lovers flee from the palace. Tormented by jealousy, Mekhmene Banu orders that the lovers are captured. The pursuers catch the fugitives. The lovers’ pleas to grant them happiness are in vain. Mekhmene Banu imposes an impossible condition: Ferkhad can have Shireen if he manages to bore a hole through the iron mountain that blocks the vital water source. Ferkhad shall attempt the impossible task in the name of love. He bids farewell to Shireen.
Ferkhad is in the mountains. He dreams that he has gained access to the water and a vision of his beloved Shireen comes to him
Great hope has brought the people to the mountain. If Ferkhad is to accomplish his heroic feat, their lives shall be saved. Mekhmene Banu and Shireen appear surrounded by their retinue. Happy to see each other, the lovers embrace. The Queen agrees to let Ferkhad have Shireen, but he cannot give up his quest to find the water and save the people. Mekhmene Banu and Shireen bow to Ferkhad’s great deed and his sacrifice.