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A few months ago, Ustad Bismillah Khan, winner of the nation's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, did not have enough money to maintain his extended family. After he made his anxiety public, India rallied to his side, with assistance pouring from leaders and the public alike.

Dr T Subbarami Reddy, the Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh, handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to the Ustad in August and said he would send his salary and allowances as a member of Parliament to the maestro every month.

"Ustad Bismillah Khan has been a symbolic artist for Sarva Dharma Sambhav and has been a messenger of love for decades and deserves honour and respect," Reddy said.

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