Media Studio Landscaping

There begins the work of making the outside of the Media Studio more in tandem with the inside. As part of the landscaping, Holika and his team of Tongans have been working on repainting a large wall on the South side. They are painting it with two shades of green, the lighter of which is a pattern taken from nature, the amazing leaf of the tropical plant Monstera deliciosia. This giant vine has a 34-inch leaf with deep lobes and holes in the leaves. A native of south Mexico and Panama, it produces an edible fruit that tastes just like a pineapple, hence it's common name, Fruit Salad Tree. The wall will soon be planted with the vine and in five years all of the paint will be covered by the living plant itself.

Meantime the Tongans also poured concrete for the entry path to the Media Studio portico, using the same quartzite as the other paths have and creating an inviting entry access.

The final photo here is Jeff working on one of the massive rock doors.

More Media Studio Refinements

Of the few larger projects left to be done in the Media Studio, the washroom has been the main focus over the last few weeks. Acharya Kumarnathaswami and our hired master-carpenter Jeff, have been working hard to instal the room's vinyl and finish the stone and grout work. The large mirror has also been installed and the ceiling has received its moulding and been painted with a final coat. All that is left is to finish the grout, install the fixtures, and hang the door. Progress is also being made in the entry hall way and elsewhere.

Preparing Stones to be Shipped to Kauai

Jive recently sent us these images from the Bangaluru carving site, where the stones for Iraivan have been cleaned and crated for their long journey to Kauai.

A New Meeting Space

After over a year of having their morning meetings outside in the Banyon Mandapam, the Ganapati Kulam has officially had their first full phase of meetings in the Media Studio. Thought the studio is not fully completed, it is far enough along to have a comfortable, element-free discussion.

Stones to be Shipped to Kauai

We recently recently received these photos from Jiva at the Bangaluru carving site. These are some of the stones which are to be crated and shipped to Kauai. They are set to arrive in the coming weeks.

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