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Answer these questions in 30–40 words.

Where was the shehnai played traditionally? How did Bismillah Khan change
this?
Answer
In the past, the shehnai was a part of the naubat or traditional ensemble of nine instruments found at royal courts. It was used only in temples and weddings till recently. Ustad Bismillah Khan gets the credit for bringing this instrument onto the classical stage.