Like we mentioned in the preface, the instrument hang was first produced by a Swiss company PanArt, later, other companies began reproducing the instrument - which soon became known as the ‘Handpan’.

Both of the instruments are built up of two half-shells, which are made from steel. Here, the upper part is mostly comprised of either seven or eight tone-fields which lay around the central tone ‘Ding'. This part is influenced by the instrument steel drum.


On the contrary, the bottom part has a round opening called the ‘Gu' which when combined together with the cavity of the 'Hang’ or 'Handpan' - it creates a resonating body. This part is influenced by the South Indian percussion instrument ‘Gatham'.

Upper Part

Bottom Part