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My name is Tirthankar Poddar. You can call me 2Blue. I am from 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.


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


Over the years, I have sung, played the lead role in a rock opera, 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 the pandemic only on live streams. So yes, I have seen changes. Change can make us stronger.


It has been 26 years since my first show in Mumbai. My old friend from (Not Just) Jazz By The Bay still cheers the loudest. He still stands in the front row 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, 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.


I am grateful for finding my people. Most of all, for finding Alyque Padamsee. I have 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, that world came crashing down when I lowered His body into the electric furnace. His son Quasar Thakore-Padamsee held me as I cried. But in hindsight, Alyque never left. On October 14, 2022, I swear I saw Him at the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli when I climbed on stage to talk about His book. Then on April 8, 2023, I saw Him again at St. Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai during my crucifixion. You see, this is where I had started as Alyque's Judas. Now that I had returned as Jesus, I knew He was watching.


From Judas to Jesus, it has been quite a ride. I used to be the guy who arrived in business clothes, changed in the restroom, and rushed out to sing until the club manager's Diwali bonus was guaranteed. And after that, I used to respond to business emails in sweat-soaked clothes. But then I watched 'The Shawshank Redemption.' And I heard Morgan Freeman say: "Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright."


So here I am, Tirthankar Poddar aka 2Blue, head lowered with gratitude because you are still here. The cage has been broken. And the bird has taken flight.

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

These are words from a song I wrote. It's called 'Silver Lining' and it's from my soon-to-be-released album, 'Dance With Infinity.' Have a look at the lyrics page. There could be something in there for you.

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