Hyderabad, May 9 (UNI) Well known sweet manufacturer, philanthropist and educationist G Pulla Reddy died at a private hospital here today, following a massive heart attack.
He was 87. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
Well-known the worldover as a sweet maker, Pulla Reddy began his life on a humble note. He used to move around on a bicycle to sell the sweets prepared by his wife, in his native village Gokavaram in Kurnool district.
In 1948, he opened a small sweet shop in Kurnool town. Gradually, Pulla Reddy earned fame for the quality of his sweets. In 1954, he became the official sweet supplier to Raj Bhavan and went on to set up a chain of sweet shops in Hyderabad, Kurnool and even other parts of the country.
He became an RSS Sangh Chalak in 1974. He established the 'Pulla Reddy Charitable Trust' in 1975. In 1980, he became the state President of the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP). In the same year, he established 'Samskrita Bhasha Prachara Samiti'.
Besides establishing a number of colleges in Hyderabad and Kurnool, Pulla Reddy also set up 'Vignana Peeth,' a school for sheltering and educating orphaned children.
The Udipi Pezhavar Mutt decorated Pulla Reddy with 'Danaguna Bhushana' title in 1991. He was also honoured with the ''Jamnalal Bajaj Award,'' the next year for honesty in business.