To make the general public more aware of the treasure that is our rocky landscape, the Society to Save Rocks is working on its extensive awareness programme:
  • The continuous successful networking with the print media has been reinforced by presentations in the electronic media: a 'Rockumentary', co-produced by the President of the Society, Narendra Luther, as well as features on All-India Radio and other TV channels have been aired at different occasions.

  • A painting, essay and poetry competition was arranged for school children.

  • A widely reported workshop for painters and sculptors from all over India has highlighted the artists' concern for the Deccan's beauty.

  • Exhibitions of photographs and paintings bring wider exposure.

  • A photo book "ROCKITECTURE' written by the Society's President N. Luther was published by the Department of Tourism, Hyderbad.

  • A play titled "Rollicking Rockscape", written by our member R. Rajamani, was staged for and with children at the open-air theatre of Shilparamam.

  • A concert by the Delhi fusion group "Indian Ocean" in January 2004 has brought hundreds of young and not-so-young people out to the picturesque Durgam Cheruvu to see for themselves the magic of the rock landscapes around Hyderabad. This was the fifth concert arranged in rocky surroundings - a spectacular backdrop to Indian classical as well as modern music.

  • Another cultural programme, in March 2005, combined a play by the Mumbai Company Theatre "The Blue Mug" and a jazz concert by the Hyderabadi group "Charminar Jazz Collective" - a treat for theatre, jazz and nature lovers.


February 19, 2006:
To mark its Tenth Anniversary, the Society celebrated an ENVIRO MELA at the National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM) at Gachibowli, highlighting not only the plight of our ancient rocks, but many other environmental issues with the help of many of Hyderabad's environmental organisations. The Mela was an event for children an adults alike - with rock walks, snake shows, puppy adoption, drawing and quizzes, and all-day documentaries.

Stalls and exhibitions showcased lake beautification, pollution, waste management, wildlife protection, eco-friendly materials and books on environment.

A sizeable crowd braved the sudden summer heat to take part in the Mela. School children entertained the visitors with skits on rock preservation ("Rocks really Rock") and the Chipko Movement, and with a Rajasthani folk dance. A puppet play "The Giving Tree" had young and old glued to their seats.

For the early birds, there was birdwatching at 6.30 a.m. and for the late owls the German feature film "Summer of the Falcon" at the end of the programme. In all, a full day of learning about, understanding and appreciating our environment.



November 21, 2010:

A spectacular performance by PROJECT BANDALOOP, an aerial dance company from Los Angeles, on the granite rocks at the historic Golconda Fort gave us something to remember. The show was presented by the U.S. Cousulate General in cooperation with the Department of Tourism of A.P. with a focus on our rich Rocky Heritage. The Society to Save Rocks assisted in the presentation.

In a unique style that combined rock climbing, vertical dance and music, Bandaloop kept the 4000 strong audience spell-bound on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Inspired by climbing and rappelling, the choreography was site specific and brought an awareness of the integration of natural landscape with the man-made Fort.

(see also Newsletter No. 58, Jan.-March 2011)



December 16, 2012
The first Rockathon took place on 16.12.2012 , conducted by the Society and the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC) at the University of Hyderabad. 120 participants enjoyed a mixed programme of adventure sports like rappelling,  bouldering, slacklining, trail run, and “soft” events like rock walk,  rock quiz, drawing workshop, rock balancing.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW- Hyderabad Rockathon 2012 Poster (16 Dec 2012)
An Exhibition of Rock Photos, Rock Drawings and Rock Paintings by Members of the Society took place at the Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad from 6th to 22nd September 2013.
Navreet Kaur, Photos (different Locations)

Vishwanath P., Photos (Locations in & near Hyderabad)

Shrikant Kolhe, Ink Drawings

Rohini Kumar, Watercolour Paintings

Frauke Quader, Photos of Rock Walks; Lata Marur, Charcoal on Paper

Amita Talwar, Photo Print on Canvas (Rock Shelter in Gadegudem Forest, Mehboobnagar District)

Hanna Boeke, Photo
(Mahendra Hills, Secunderabad)

Anand Madabhushi, Photos of Skull Rock, Tortoise Rock (both Heritage Sites, in Hitec City/Jubilee Hills)

Sangeeta Varma, Photos
(Locations in and near Hyderabad)

Sathya Prakash, photos
(Locations in and near Hyderabad)



December 1, 2013


The 2nd edition of the Hyderabad Rockathon organized by the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC) in partnership with the Society at the Hyderabad University was a rocking success.

Drawing double the crowd of the first Rockathon this year's event was an all day family "adventure outing". While adults took active part the Rappelling, Trail Run and Slack Lining children of all ages enthusiastically participated in the Rock Walk, Rock Installation & Rock Balancing. The Drawing Workshop, Photography & Quiz too exposed the participants to our billion year old rock formations and threw some light on their importance in the ecosystem.

View photos from the Hyderabad Rockathon 2013 in our
Newsletter No.70 (Jan-March 2014) (see "Programmes") which also has the winners of the Quiz and the best judged Photos, Drawings, Balancing Rocks and Rock installations.

For more photos go to the facebook page of Society to Save Rocks, or visit www.hyderabadrockathon.com



December 1, 2014





The Rockathon 2014 was an even bigger event with added programmes (Treasure Hunt, Trail Biking, RocDoc) and many more participants. See an account of the day in Newsletter No. 74 – January – March 2014 in the Newsletter Archives. Click here to view PDF.



January 26, 2016


Run-up to our 20th Anniversary on 26 January 2016



( P.V. Sindhu just before flagging off the Run)

The first run-up programme was the Run For Rocks, in partnership with the Hyderabad Runners, one of the biggest Running Clubs in the country. There were 2 runs 5 km and 21 km. They started from our favourite rock site Fakhruddingutta behind Lanco Hills (near Nanakramguda road) to ORR and back, or to our even more favourite rock site Ghar-e-Mubarak (behind Taramati Baradari) and back.

P.V. Sindhu, Badminton champ from Hyderabad, flagged off the 2 runs.




August 9, 2015

A Story Telling Programme with Deepa Kiran took place in the Lotos Pond Park on 9. August 2015 where Deepa weaved the awareness on rock preservation skillfully into her stories and interaction. (See also Newsletter No. 77)


Society to Save Rocks brings you an evening of storytelling, by the pond and on the rocks. Stories for both young and old. Stories about folks and fun, rocks and the Sun. With storyteller Deepa Kiran, we travel on the wings of words to distant lands and forgotten times. Join us for a community storytelling evening. We shall gather together and listen to stories like in the times gone by.

Deepa Kiran is the founder of Story Arts India. A storyteller, educationalist, writer and voice-over artist. She holds her shows and musical productions in schools, libraries, cultural centres and festivals. She trains teachers on using storytelling in the language classroom. She is based out of Hyderabad and has worked across the country.

For all ages - Entry free

Directions to Lotus Pond ~
Click here.




The Hyderabad Rockathon 2015 was a great success. You could read about it in Newsletter No. 78, January-March 2016. Find below the Best Selfies taken during the event and the Best Drawings from Shanaz Arniís Drawing Workshop:

1. Best Selfie: Shaileen Kheraj | View Photo
2. Second-best Selfie: Pavan Chandra | View Photo

1. Best Drawing (Adults): S. Gowtham | View Drawing
2. Second-best Drawing (Adults): B. Manjari | View Drawing
3. Best Drawing (Children): Noe | View Drawing
4. Second-best Drawing (Children): Varun | View Drawing





Society to Save Rocks brings you an evening of storytelling, by the pond and on the rocks. Stories for both young and old. Stories about folks and fun, rocks and the Sun. With storyteller Deepa Kiran, we travel on the wings of words to distant lands and forgotten times. Join us for a community storytelling evening. We shall gather together and listen to stories like in the times gone by.

Deepa Kiran is the founder of Story Arts India. A storyteller, educationalist, writer and voice-over artist. She holds her shows and musical productions in schools, libraries, cultural centres and festivals. She trains teachers on using storytelling in the language classroom. She is based out of Hyderabad and has worked across the country.

For all ages - Entry free

Directions to Lotus Pond ~
Click here.




The Hyderabad Rockathon 2016 was a great success. You could read about it in Newsletter No. 82, January-March 2017.



 

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