About Tochi Raina

           Tochi Raina a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist and a well-known Bollywood playback singer. Born in Darbanga to Smt Sahib Kaur and Shri Sardar Surjeet Singh he belonged to a moderate and spiritual family from Patiala, Punjab. Tochi since childhood was inclined towards a deep search, a search of an identity, a search of human existence. He followed the path which led to spiritual growth, the motto being, ‘the more one is able to raise his level of consciousness the more joyous, serene and blissful his life becomes’.

At the tender age of 12 when kids enjoy playing games he had a different thirst for life. He started spending time in cremation grounds in search of ultimate truth of life. At the age of 15 he ran away from home with just hundred rupees in his pocket and went to Delhi, where he met and got trained under legendary Ustad’s and Guru’s like Pt. Vinodji, Ustad Bhure Khan Sahab, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, Ustad Altaf Hussain Sahab, Pt. Sitaramji, Pt. Mani Prasadji and Pt. Ramaran Chandranji. Learning and understanding Classical and Sufi music from Patiala Gharana for 16 years, he possesses an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and techniques. He has also learned and practiced tabla for almost ten years from Ustad Bundhu Khan Sahab and Abdullaji.

In due course of time he met his wife Shweta who inspired him to move to Mumbai, the hub of commercial music. In this musical journey of his Tochi always saw a dream of forming a band. In the year 1991 he gave it a name BAND OF BANDAGI, which took almost fourteen years to take off. In 2005 the foundation stone of the band was laid with co-founders with fellow singers and composers Neeru Rawal and Prashant Satose. Tochi also incorporated his sister Harmeet Raina in the band who has a PHD in music. Band of Bandagi since then has been composing music, the latest being ‘Kalol ho gaya’ for the Film Love Shagun in 2016.

Tochi got his first break with the song ‘Bulle Shah Yaar Mere’ as a playback singer in 2008 for a movie called ‘A Wednesday’. Following which he had a number of hits like ‘Oh Pardesi’, ‘Iktara’, ‘Saibo’, ‘Gal Mitti Mitti Bol’, ‘Kabira’ and ‘Gud Naal Ishq Mittha’ under his belt. He won the prestigious GIMA Award along with Rekha Bhardwaj for Best Duet Song in the year 2013.