Tochi Raina is a name to be reckoned with in the Bollywood music field. In the last 10 years, he has found a niche for himself in the big bad world of Bollywood. But, he finds that there is so much to give and no one to receive. Thus, he wants to bridge the musical gap in new generations. Excerpts from the interview:
How would you describe your beginnings in music in short?
Before I began my musical journey, I drowned in philosophy. When I went to my Guru, he asked me if I would like to learn music. I said, I want to understand music. I am still trying.
Could you add a little more to this?
My Daddy was posted in Nepal and he was an engineer in Central Public Works Department (CPWD). Behind his quarters was a cemetery and when I was in the 7th grade, I would watch dead bodies. I kept looking at them for one year. That was a turning point for me. I stole Rs.100 and ran away to Delhi.
I found Guruji – Pt. Vinod Kumarji. I chased him for 2 years. I would sleep on the road and would often go without food. To make a long story short, when I finally met Guruji, he told me to join a college to learn music. I told him I don’t want to learn. I want to understand. I also said adamantly that I want to learn it from him, since he belonged to the Patiala Gharana. I am attached to Patiala because I am a native of that place. The biggest thing is that his Guruji was Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, the best music exponent of the last century.
My parents gave me a beautiful name Nayanjot Singh. It is such a beautiful name. But, they changed it to Trilochan Singh when I joined school. Trilochan is the name of Lord Shiva. I told my Guruji that I came to him looking for a name. He understood what I wanted to say. He also told me that I have philosophy in me and he would be happy to take me as a student. Thus, Trilochan became Tochi, who is sitting in front of you.
Bollywood and Tochi Raina:
We requested him to list 9 of his favorite songs rendered by him. He shared the following list:
Bulleshah… A Wednesday (2008)
O Pardesi… Dev D (2009)
Saibo… Shor in the City (2011)
Iktara… Wake Up Sid (2009)
Kabira… Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Mallo malli… Mausam (2011)
Gud nal ishq mittha… I Love New Year (2015)
Parinda… Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)
Motorwada… Luv Shav Te Chicken Khurrana (2012)