Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy, the founder of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, is known for his business acumen, passion for his profession and philanthropy. When he passed away in 2013 it was decided to build a memorial for this great personality which will not only depict his journey through his life but also inspire the younger generation to emulate him and take the unfinished agenda forward. The Dr. Anji Reddy Memorial was conceived in order to celebrate his life. The memorial was built in such a way to present multiple ways to navigate Dr Reddy’s life, following it and tracing its patterns in order to reach an understanding of the lessons it holds out.
Dr Reddy’s memorial, a non-building set amidst the nature, connects and communicates with its natural surroundings creating a serene atmosphere. It was an uphill task to build the memorial for this great personality who was a scientist, an entrepreneur, a pioneer, a collector and a philanthropist who cared enough to turn away from conventional modes of giving in order to make the less privileged feel secure in a skill that they were encouraged to master.
Mindspace was given the task of building the memorial on a 1.2 acre piece of land which had to describe clearly the path taken by Dr.Reddy from his residence to the lab. Location identified with its existing trees became the reference to the design. Avenue of silver oaks, grid of gulmohar trees, avenue of Ashoka trees, avenue of palm trees and colonnade of casuarina was transformed to entrepreneurial path, path to samadhi, pradakshna path, path of discovery, path of philanthropy respectively.
However, the use of avenue of Ashoka trees to explain Dr Reddy’s life and journey was so simple but incredible. The architects chose the avenue of Ashoka trees so beautifully to describe path of discovery and enlightenment of Dr Reddy that it brings out his journey of challenges and growth from a farmer’s son to an entrepreneur. The texture of flooring from rough, semi polish, polish to merging into lawn finally culminates into Bodhi tree which is a symbol of Enlightenment. For example, rough flooring initially signifies the difficulties he faced in the initial years of his entrepreneurship which smoothened as the journey progressed, ultimately merging into lawn culminating into Bodhi tree signifying the Enlightenment!