Tochi Raina

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Tochi Raina
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Background information
Born (1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 47)
Darbhanga, Bihar,[1] India
GenresSufi,[2] Filmi, Hindustani classical music, Sufi
Occupation(s)Singer, Composer
Associated actsBand of Bandagi[3]

Tochi Raina (born 2 September 1971) is an Indian singer, Composer and Philosopher, best known as a playback singer in Hindi films.[2][4] His most notable works include the songs Kabira for the movie "Yeh jawani Hai deeewani", "Iktara" from "Wake up Sid", Ishq Waale Chor Hain[5] 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[edit]

Tochi Raina belongs to Patiala (Punjab).[1] He was born Sahib and Surjit Kumar Raina, a Kashmiri Pandit from Lahore, with roots Anantnag, in Darbhanga, Bihar, went to school in Nepal where his father, a government employee, was posted.[14] His brother Arvinder is a composer in Malaysia and his sister Harmeet is a Ph.D. in classical music.

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.[1] 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.[15]

He also sang the Song "Rabba" in Coke Studio @MTV Season 3 which is composed by Amit Trivedi.


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.[16]. 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.

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has a daughter, Harleen. She was born the night he finished recording for Shor in the city.

List of songs[edit]

Released Song Album
2008 Bulle Shah A Wednesday!
2009 Pardesi Dev D
2010 Iktara (Male Version)[17] Wake up Sid
2010 Gal Mitthi Mitthi[18] Aisha
2011 Aali Re[19] No One Killed Jessica
2011 Mera Kaat Kaleja Dilli[20]
2011 Saibo[21] Shor in the City
2011 Maaldaar Ki Jeb[22] Bhindi Baazaar Inc.
2011 Ishq Waale Chor Hain[5] Kya Yahi Sach Hai
2011 Mallo Malli[23] Mausam
2011 Shiv Ka Bajey Damroo[24] Jo Dooba So Paar
2011 Kaari Kaari Kaagaz Ke Fools
2012 Aaja Meri Jaan[25] Maximum (film)
2012 Hey Bhagwan[3] Cigarette ki Tarah
2012 Motarwada[3] Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013 Khalbali[3] 3G (film)
2013 Gud Naal Ishaq Mitha[3] I Love New Year
2013 Kabira[3] Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
2014 Saaiyaan Tochinaamah
2014 Jamoora Tochinaamah
2014 Akela Tochinaamah
2015 Dil Parinda Bezubaan Ishq
2016 Kalol Ho Gaya Love Shagun
2016 Dooriyan Single
2017 Parinda (Search) Jab Harry Met Sejal
2018 Rab-E-Illahi[26] Single
2018 Sone Piya[27] Sufi Acoustica
2018 Piya Milan Ki Aas[28] Sufi Acoustica
2018 jugni[29] Sufi Acoustica
2019 Udd Ja Khandaani Shafakhana


  1. ^ a b c "Tochi Raina's Official Website"., The Official Website of Tochi Raina. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Tochi Rania,Sufi singer". 13 January 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "List of Tochi Raina's Acts". 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Tochi Raina". Indian Express. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Ishq Waale Chor Hain". Facebook. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  6. ^ Sachin Chawla. "Music Director". Vishal Khurana. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  7. ^ "A brand new sound cocktail - Culture". 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Shor In The City". Outloolk. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  9. ^ Harshit (17 April 2011). "Bhindi Baazaar Inc. Music Review - Bhindi Bazaar". HappySing. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  10. ^ "dilli tochi - Free Music Playlist & Free Music Listen & Online Music Player". 7 January 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Saaiyaan". Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Jamoora". Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Akela". Retrieved 14 April 2016.
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  16. ^ "Tochi Raina". 7 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Iktara ( Male Version ), Wake Up Sid , Sung by Tochi Raina". YouTube. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  18. ^ "Gal Meethi Meethi Bol - Aisha | Sonam Kapoor & Abhay Deol". YouTube. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  19. ^ "Aali Re-No One Killed Jessica-Tochi Raina,Sonu Kakkar". YouTube. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  20. ^ "Dilli Song Lyrics from No One Killed Jessica". Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  21. ^ "Saibo Full Song - Shreya Ghoshal Ft. Tochi Raina". YouTube. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  22. ^ "Maaldaar Ki Jeb (Bhindi Baazaar Inc Song) - TOCHI RAINA". YouTube. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  23. ^ Lyricsmint (13 August 2011). "Mallo Malli Song Lyrics - Mausam - Tochi Raina And Hard Kaur". Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  24. ^ "Shiv Ka Bajey Damroo Song & Lyrics - Jo Dooba So Paar". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  25. ^ "Tu aaja meri jaan Lyrics - Maximum 2013". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
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