Singer Pillavalu Gajapathi Krishnaveni (Jikki)

Jikki, born Pillavalu Gajapathy Krishnaveni on November 3, 1935, in Chennai, was a celebrated Indian playback singer who sang approximately 10,000 songs across Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Sinhalese, and Hindi languages. She began her career in the 1940s, with a notable transition from acting to playback singing with the Tamil film “Gnanasoundari” in 1948. Jikki collaborated with leading music directors and singers of her time, establishing a distinguished career until her passing on August 16, 2004.