The word gamelan in the Balinese context is thought to originate from the word ‘magambel’ which means “to hit”. A gamelan instrument is often percussive with keyed xylophones or pot gongs made of a variety of materials, gongs of various sizes, double-headed drums and cymbals.
However, not all Balinese gamelan instruments are percussive. There are also wind, bowed, plucked and strummed instruments.
There are ten gamelan orchestras at Mekar Bhuana: seven-tone semara pagulingan, semara patangian (pelegongan), two sets of selonding, two sets of gender wayang, baleganjur, pejogedan, rindik, genggong, angklung and gong suling.