Tochi Raina

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Tochi Raina
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Raina in January 2015
Background information
Birth nameTarlochan Raina [1]
Born (1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 51)
Darbhanga, Bihar, India [2]
Genres Sufi, [3] Filmi, Hindustani classical music, Sufi
Occupation(s)Singer, composer

Tochi Raina (born 2 September 1971) is an Indian singer, composer and philosopher, best known as a playback singer in Hindi films. [3] [4] His most notable works include the songs Kabira for the movie "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", "Iktara" from "Wake Up Sid", Ishq Waale Chor Hain [5] [ non-primary source needed ] for the Hindi movie Kya yahi sach hai with Vishal Khurana, [6] Saibo for the Hindi movie Shor in the City a duet with Shreya Ghosal, [7] [8] Maldar Ki Jeb for the movie Bhindi Baazaar Inc. [9] and Aali Re for the movie No One Killed Jessica. [10] He recorded a music album 'Tochinaamah' consisting 3 song – Saaiyaan, [11] Jamoora [12] and Akela [13]


Early life

He was born in a Kashmiri Sikh family [14] to Sahib and Surjit Kumar Raina in Darbhanga, Bihar and went to school in Nepal where his father, a government employee, was posted. [15]

He hails from a family with music background. His father played the harmonium, his grandmother was a Sitar player, his uncle, Ratan Singh, a renowned Violin player and his grandfather, Akaali Kaur Singh, a saint. He later moved to Delhi where he started learning music under Pandit Vinod Kumar – a disciple of Indian classical singer Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. [2] He also learnt music from Ustad Bhure Khan, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Altaf Hussain Sarang, Pt. Mani Prasad and Pt. Sitaram. According to him his Gurus not only taught him music, but also to visualize his breath. Slowly, he started visualizing words and he turned to spirituality and Sufi music. [16]

He also sang the Song "Rabba" in Coke Studio @MTV Season 3 which is composed by Amit Trivedi, and the song 'Bannado' in coke Studio @MTV Season 4 which is composed and arranged by Sachin-Jigar and the lyrics ae written by Priya Sariya.


He moved to Mumbai to make a career as a Music Composer & playback singer. Tochi got his first commercial break with Bulleshah in A Wednesday! in 2008. [17] He has been a part of a number of movies and albums as a Music Composer including Bezubaan Ishq, Note Pe Chot and a lot more. He is currently working with his Band of Bandagi and creating soulful Sufi music with the band. Band of bandagi has released their first album Sufi Acoustica with 6 Sufi Songs in it. Tochi has joined hands with Music Distribution Company Movement Creations LLP as Head of the department for music since March 2021. His 4 audio tracks has been released so far including : 'Gayatri Mantra' (Raag Malkauns), 'Alakh Niranjan', 'Hare Krishna', 'Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo'.

Personal life

He is married and has two daughters, Harleen & Simran. Harleen was born the night he finished recording for Shor in the city.

List of songs

2008Bulle Shah A Wednesday!
2009Pardesi Dev D
2010Iktara (Male Version) [18] Wake up Sid
2010Gal Mitthi Mitthi [19] Aisha
2011Aali Re [20] No One Killed Jessica
2011Mera Kaat Kaleja Dilli [21]
2011Saibo [22] Shor in the City
2011Maaldaar Ki Jeb [23] Bhindi Baazaar Inc.
2011Ishq Waale Chor Hain [5] Kya Yahi Sach Hai
2011Mallo Malli [24] Mausam
2011Shiv Ka Bajey Damroo [25] Jo Dooba So Paar
2011Kaari Kaari Kaagaz Ke Fools
2012Aaja Meri Jaan [26] Maximum
2012Hey Bhagwan [27] Cigarette ki Tarah
2012Motarwada [27] Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013Khalbali [27] 3G
2013Gud Naal Ishaq Mitha [27] I Love New Year
2013Kabira [27] Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
2015Dil Parinda Bezubaan Ishq
2016Kalol Ho GayaLove Shagun
2017Parinda (Search) Jab Harry Met Sejal
2018Rab-E-Illahi [28] Single
2018Aas Pura Diya Maula [29] Premak Basaat
2018Sone Piya [30] Sufi Acoustica
2018Piya Milan Ki Aas [31] Sufi Acoustica
2018jugni [32] Sufi Acoustica
2019Udd Ja Khandaani Shafakhana
2020Do Din Ka Ye Mela - Reprise [33] Gulabo Sitabo
2021Gayatri Mantra (Raag Malkauns)Tochi Raina
2021Alakh Niranjan Single
2021Hare Krishna Single
2021Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo Single

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