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. Also known as “Saron Panerus”, our musician here is playing a peking, the smallest saron in the family. Its metal bars are in an arch shape, in which each bar has a flat bottom and an archtop. As the pitch rises, the arch of the bar also rises. Similar to other sarons, the peking needs a mallet to be played, and a buffalo horn is a right choice since it helps to produce a bright and piercing sound that brightens the work of the orchestra. 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.