Kanka, son of a poor Brahmin, loses both his parents when he is an infant and is adopted by an untouchable childless couple. But they too, die soon-after, and Kanka is adopted by a Brahmin, Garga, who gives him a good education. Garga’s daughter Leela is very fond of Kanka. Kanka, well-versed in Hindu scriptures becomes a Muslim. His compositions become famous all over the country, but the local Brahmin community hates Kanka and they incite Garga against him. Infuriated Garga poisons Kanka’s food. Leela who has seen this asks Kanka to leave their house. Garga realizes his mistake and his disciples try in vain to find Kanka. It is said that he has drowned. But he comes back only to find Leela, unable to bear the news of his death, dead.