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Tirthankar Poddar Aka 2Blue: An MBA In Love With Physics And The Business Of Music

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Tirthankar Poddar Aka 2Blue: An MBA In Love With Physics And The Business Of Music

After a degree in mechanical engineering, Tirthankar Poddar aka 2Blue says doing an MBA in Marketing and Systems broadened his horizons, and shaped his personality and career as a musician

Fired up: Tirthankar Poddar, or 2Blue, in action

When Tirthankar Poddar told his mother that he did not want a job anymore she broke down and cried. “I was in my late 20s,” says Poddar, now 47. His mother cried again a few years back, when he hired a former client as a management representative. “This time, though, it was tears of joy,” says the musician, who is popularly known by his stage name 2Blue.

For Poddar, the journey from a typical middle-class Bengali home in Agartala that prioritised a conventional profession like engineering or medicine to a career in music has hardly been smooth sailing. But in 2005, he had reached a critical juncture, where he had to take a call. “I had an opportunity to get a promotion at my job,” he tells Outlook. “And, I also had the opportunity to headline one of the biggest music festivals in the country. I thought: anyone can get a promotion. But not everyone can headline the festival.” The decision was made.

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