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Jikki's actual name is G. Krishnaveni. She was born to Gajapathi Naidu and Rajakanthamma at Chittoor. Her uncle Devaraja Naidu was an assistant with famous Kannada music director Gubbi Veeranna. She first acted in the film at the age of seven in 'Panthulamma'. She also sung two songs in that film. She switched over to actual singing at the age of 16. Initially, she sung only folk songs. She was the singer of the popular song 'Eruvaka Sagaro Ranno Chinnanna' of 'Rojulu Marayi'. She sung more than 1000 songs in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Sihhala. She is the wife of playback singer and music director A.M. Raja.

A mother of six children, Jikki lost her husband in a train mishap. After her husband's death Jikki stopped singing for sometime. Then she came out of her retirement and sang for Ilayaraja. She also started a music troupe with her two daughters and performed in many countries.