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A NEW ADVENTURE

My name is Tirthankar Poddar. You can call me 2Blue. I was born in Agartala, Tripura. But in 1997, I was sold to Mumbai. To cope with the change, I formed a band. Then I quit my job for an adventure with the band. And now that you are here, a new adventure may have just begun. Thank you for stopping by.

JAZZ BY THE BAY

I knocked on many doors after moving to Mumbai. Hungry and tired for months, I finally saw the light at Jazz By The Bay. After my show, I was so happy that I hugged a waiter and cried. That waiter now runs the city's finest diner. And to this day, he hasn't let me pay.


CHANGES

And so I have sung, played the lead role in two iconic rock operas, produced radio shows, endorsed brands, and mentored leaders. I have performed with members of Guns N' Roses and Iron Maiden while doing 16-hour days as a Vice President in an IT startup. And I have survived a lockdown on a 3-digit bank balance. So yes, I have seen changes. Change toughens us.

AWARDS

It has been 27 years since my first show in Mumbai. My old friend from Jazz By The Bay still cheers the loudest. Often with tears in his eyes. Now a friend like that is worth a thousand awards. But if you are only concerned with the literal sense of the word, the awards I have won include:

  • Best Band at Hungama, India

  • Song Of The Year at AVIMA, Asia

I can't express how grateful I am.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

I am grateful for finding my people. In finding them, I found myself. People like Alyque Padamsee. Honestly, I learned more from playing Judas in His production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ than I did in engineering college and business school combined. Alyque gave me a whole new world to explore. But on November 17, 2018, as I carried Him to the electric furnace, that world came crashing down. His son Quasar Thakore-Padamsee held me as I cried. But Alyque never left. On October 14, 2022, I saw Him at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli when I climbed on stage to talk about His book. Then on April 9, 2023, I saw Him again at St. Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai when I stood under the lights nailed to a cross. You see, this is where I had started as Alyque's Judas. Now that I returned as Jesus, I knew He was watching.

JAYA: THE VICTORY

Alyque Padamsee changed my life. Even though I didn't know it at the time, He had planted in me the seeds of truth and dharma. Now these are the values that led me to the legendary actor, director, and producer: Lillete Dubey. And they helped me play the lead role in her operatic interpretation of the Mahabharata, ‘Jaya: The Victory.’ Lillete was tough. But when I saw people rising from their seats with tears in their eyes, I understood why. And I just stood there with my head lowered with gratitude. Later at a party, Lillete explained why she cast me as Yudhisthira. Behind my tattoos, jewellery, and red glasses, she said she saw the seeds of truth and dharma.

DANCE WITH INFINITY

So here I am, Tirthankar Poddar aka 2Blue, head lowered with gratitude because you are still here. 

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

 

The city sun ain't for everyone

She asked him, "Are you willing to burn?"

And when he cried on the phone at night

She asked him, "Baby, have you even tried?"

 

What you seek is seeking you

This is not the end

What you seek is seeking you

Your life is in your hands

 

When you see the silver lining

When you see the stars aligning

You will see your life's a love affair
When you see the silver lining

When you see the stars aligning

You will see your life's a love affair

'Silver Lining' is a song from my upcoming album, 'Dance With Infinity.'  Have a look at the lyrics page. There could be something in there for you.

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