As part of the Hindu diaspora that Siva Ashram will celebrate, at the entrance of our gardens, our very own gamelan (a traditional instrumental ensemble of Bali, Indonesia) will welcome our visitors. This drummer will keep the tempo while marking the pace for the musical transitions. Traditionally, the people in Bali made the instrument from the wood of a jackfruit or coconut tree, and place leather skin or rattan strings, which are tightened to change the pitch of the heads. The thinner the leather, the sharper the sound. The statue, based on a traditional Balinese design, has been carved in Bali exclusively for Siva Ashram and is awaiting shipment to Costa Rica to be installed on the grounds of our gardens. It is one of nine statues of musicians gracing the entrance to our gardens in celebration of life and the spiritual path. Line drawing courtesy of Manish Prajapati, @artbymanish.