BALI

In BALI , the arts are very important and nearly every villager is a musician, singer, dancer, sculptor, painter, or actor.  The Balinese believe they are fulfilling a religious duty when they plan GAMELAN music.  A gamelan orchestra is made of different sized metallophones, large suspended gongs , smaller gongs mounted horizontally in racks, small cymbals and a pair of drums.  The music is pentatonic (5 note) and each piece is based on a single melody line performed on the large metallophone. The word "gamelan" comes from the Javanese word "gamel", meaning to strike or hammer.