J.J. Reddy, also known as J.Jagan Reddy / J.Jagannath Reddy /
Jannareddy Jagannath Reddy...was born on 29th September 1959 in
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. .His parents were Sri
J. Sree Ram Reddy and Smt. Vasantha Devi, J.J. Reddy's has
one elder brother, Sri. J. Prithvi Raj Reddy, and an elder sister,
Smt. Geeta Reddy. J.J. Reddy belongs to the famous Jannareddy family
which was the biggest Zamindhari family in the Nizam's state before
Independence. In 1930's J.J. Reddy's greatgrandfather Sri Jannareddy
Venkat Narasimha Reddy, held an estate of a land holding of over
1,50,000 (One Lakh Fifty Thousand) acres spread out in the three
districts of Warangal, Nalgonda and Khammam. The headquarters of
this vast property was the village Kummerkuntla in Warangal
District. J.J. Reddy's ancestoral Kummerkuntla
Gadi (Fortress) spread over 10 acres still exists even
J.J. Reddy spent his first
15 years in his 2 acre palatial
ancestoral bunglow in Hanumantekdi lane near Abids area in
Hyderabad. After this house was sold to the Gujarathi Samithi in
1974, it has been converted into Gujarathi Pragathi Maha Vidhyalaya.
J.J. Reddy's father, Sri J. Sree Ram Reddy, was a high profile
personality. Personalities like the great Puttaparthi
Sai Baba, The
Chief Minister Sri Kasu Bramhananda Reddy, Sri P.V. Narasimha
Rao etc, used to frequently visit this house.
J.J. Reddy's mother, Smt. Vasantha Devi, expired when he was only
4 years old. Sri J.Venkateshwar Reddy and Smt.Sunitha Devi,
J.J.Reddy's uncle and aunt, were responsible in bringing him up. Smt
Vasantha Devi was the eldest daughter of Sri Venkata Bhooma Reddy,
the Raja of Armoor, in Nizambad District. Sri Venkata Bhooma Reddy
had, in 1940's, shifted from his palace in Armoor to a nearby
village Ankapoor where he built an 8 acre palace. This Ankapoor
Palace was regular get together place for J.J. Reddy's
maternal side cousins. This palace has now been converted into a
school. J.J. Reddy's maternal grandmother, Smt. Rani Yamuna bai, was
an iconic personality in the area.
J.J. Reddy's early education took place in St.
George's Grammar School at Abids, Hyderabad. He graduated
from the Indian
Institute of Management & Commerce in 1980. J.J.
Reddy's Artistic talents took root during this period. He held his
first one man Painting Exhibition
in 1978 in the premises of IIMC. J.J. Reddy also was a keen Martial
Artist, learning Karate and Kungfu. He also learnt Judo
under the guidance of the legendary late great Byram Mistry during
this period. His interest was in Music
also. He could play Guitar, Harmonica, Bulbul Tarang, Keyboard and
Soprano with ease.
In 1981 J.J. Reddy left for Bombay to work as an Illustrator
in MAPP (Market Anylysts & Product Promoters), an ancilliary
unit of the Birlas, situated in the Century Building in Worli.
Between 1981 to 1985 there were a lot of financial upheavels in
the family. The Land ceilling had virtually left the once Biggest
Zamindhaar family nearly landless. As the family members were not
used to being without land, it was difficult to come to grips with
In 1985, J.J. Reddy was back in Hyderabad working as free lance
In 1987, he took up Professional
Photography. In 1988 he was introduced to Computer Graphics
when, along with a group of friends, he setup Sruthi Computer
Graphics. It was brainchild of Dr. Chandra Shekar Reddy. J.J. Reddy
was an investor and creative director in Sruthi. Though Sruthi
Computer Graphics did not do well financially, it had
created a techincal foundation in the mind of J.J. Reddy which was
to prove invaluable in near future. With SCG proving a financial
failure, J.J. Reddy went back to Professional Photography. His
studio J.J. Creative Studio soon became the talk of the Advertising
& Corporate world. From Mudra to Sobaghya, from Dr. Reddy's Labs
to SOL, the clientelle was endless. From 1990 to 1993, J.J. Creative
Studio ruled the creative roost and it was financially a very
successful period for J.J. Reddy.
Reddy's Marriage took place on August 13, 1993. The bride,
Deepika, is related to J.J. Reddy. She is his paternal aunt Smt. G.
Sunitha Devi's daughter. Smt. G. Sunitha Devi was married to Sri
Anand Rao, the only son of Raja Venkata Narsing Rao of Lingannapet
Royal Desai Family in Karimnagar District, Andhra
In 1994, J.J. Reddy's eldest son, Varun
Anand Reddy was born and in 1997, and his second son, Vishal
Anand Reddy was born.