Apropos this article. is it really that big a deal that folks ignore a famous name-brand musician at a busy place? For one, folks are in a hurry to maintain their schedule and, more importantly, isn’t that reality anyway?
When reviewing resumes (from fresh graduates, not those with experience) for a job, for the most part, aren’t those coming from lower ranked schools summarily rejected? How many times have you seen folks at music festivals (like, for instance, a tyagaraja aradhana) not respecting the artiste and his/her music and having a nice prolonged discussion with their best buddy* (whom they usually meet only at these gatherings)? Now, this would probably happen even when a world class musician performs though less frequently. Unless the listener pays proper attention, how will he/she differentiate genius from mediocrity?
* = to be honest, I’ve committed this sin too!