Veteran music director Om Prakash Sonik, also known as Omi, part of the Sonik-Omi duo, has passed away in Mumbai following a brief illness. He was 77 years old. Omi was the nephew of the blind music director Master Sonik and together they formed the noted Sonik-Omi team which provided music to nearly 125 Bollywood movies in the 1950-1980s. The duo was known for their work on Hindi film soundtracks. Some of their best-known works are Bhakti Mein Shakti, Dharma, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, Sawan Bhadon, Aabroo, Truck Driver, Mehfil, Beti, Dharti Ki God Mein and Raftaar.
Over the years, the uncle-nephew pair made a formidable reputation for themselves with compositions in many movies. While Master Sonik passed away in 1993, Omi continued to compose music and his last musical track was for the film Biwi No. 2 in 2000, after which he eased into retirement. In the past few years, Omi largely remained away from Bollywood but composed certain non-film and private albums, religious music and other genres of music. Mr. Omi was born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), he along with his family had moved to India after Partition in 1947 and lived mostly in Delhi.
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Courtesy: PTI news