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INSPIRING ~Rediff STELLAR ~Score GRAND ~Mumbai Mirror
STADIUM-LIKE ~RollingStone India
Small-town boy, daddy's pride and joy
Up and left to fill a void
Door to door with a bag of dreams
He just kept knockin' but wasn't let in
Hello! My name is Tirthankar Poddar, but you can call me 2Blue. I was made in Agartala and sold to Mumbai. My makers wanted me to further my studies, get a job, and start a family. I started a band instead. As the lead singer of that band, I have been on the road for many years. But now that you are here, a new journey may have just begun. Thank you for stopping by.
25 years ago, like countless other small-town boys circling the city sun, I was looking for a job. Eventually I found one that paid my bills. But what I really wanted was one that fed my soul. Then when I least expected it, I found it at the erstwhile (Not Just) Jazz By The Bay in Marine Drive when I climbed on stage to sing. That show cracked something open in me. I was so happy that I hugged a waiter and cried. That waiter now runs the finest diner in Mumbai. To this day, he hasn't let me pay.
Over the years, I have sung. I have acted. I have hosted radio shows of my own. I have endorsed brands and products. I have conducted leadership workshops in colleges and multinational companies. And I have done 16-hour days in windowless corporate offices. Clearly, a lot has changed. But the one thing that hasn't is my friendship with that waiter.
You see, we are what we do: a Verb, not a Noun. Job titles cannot define us. It is what is inside of us that can.
Through the many changes, I would like to be remembered as someone who worked with honesty and respect at all times while delivering results. No, I don’t have one true calling. I have many. They let me synthesize ideas from diverse fields to create something unique at their intersection. 'Multipotentiality' like that is what the late theater legend and advertising guru—Alyque Padamsee— encouraged.
Alyque was my guru. Working with Him was a turning point in my life. I would be lying if I said it was easy. I was broke when we met. But it was like going back to school for all the right reasons. Must say I learned a lot more from playing Judas in Alyque's production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ than I did in engineering college and business school. So yes I was broke, but not poor. No one could be poor under Alyque's wing. Also, Alyque never left. At the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in 2022, I swear I saw Him when I climbed on stage.