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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 years. But now that you are here on this page, 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.

So here I am: Tirthankar Poddar aka 2Blue. I am the guy who used to show up in business clothes just before the show, change in a crowded restroom, and rush out to be on stage. I am the one who sang until the club manager knew that his Diwali bonus was guaranteed. I am the same guy who responded to every client email right after every show. I am still the one the bosses disliked. (I had the band, the hair, the tattoos, and the 'take no crap' attitude—right?) They disliked me enough to fire me from every job I ever had. Well, not anymore. You see, you cannot fire a man who is his own boss.

So here I am, head lowered with gratitude, because you are still here. After more than a thousand shows, some great original songs, some awards, and some prestigious guest-appearances (including some with childhood heroes from Guns N' Roses, Dokken, and Iron Maiden), it feels like my journey has just begun.

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


Those are lines from a song I wrote. It's called 'Silver Lining.' Advice, they say, is a form of nostalgia. If there is any that I would like to offer, it's just this:

Your future is not ahead of you. It is inside of you.
WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING!

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