The Antara is a Peruvian musical instrument. It comes from the Andes Mountain regions of South America. The name is from Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas. It is very much like a pan pipe.
Lightweight (~1.5 ounces), fun and entertaining. We like to keep one in the backpack for 'round the campfire fun.
Antaras are made by joining graduated lengths of reed or bamboo pipes in a vertical, gradual form (steps). The pipes are held together by ties to form a trapezoidal plane (like a raft).
The model sold here is tuned for the diatonic scale (Si, So, Mi, Do, La, Fa Re).
To play an Antara you hold it against your lower lip, press it into your lip firmly and blow air over the top of the tubes (like making a tone from an empty bottle). It works best to do forceful puffs to get strong tones. It takes practice to get the angle and air flow right, The results are a haunting and mystical sound .
The Antara is also known as a Siku, Panflute, or Panpipe. Some Antaras come in different sizes, some with multiple rows - the video below lets you see and hear the sounds of a larger Antara.
Dimensions of our ultralight Antara - (max): 8" x 4" x 1"
Weight: ~ 1.4 ounces
Not intended for very small children or infants ( if they take them apart there can be small pieces - choking hazard).
Comes with a brief instruction booklet.
Handmade in Hancayo, Peru.