The Society to Save Rocks aims to preserve and protect the spectacular ancient granite formations of the Deccan Plateau, India - a natural wonder of stony ridges and hillocks shaped into picturesque balancing forms.

To prevent the indiscriminate destruction of this natural, historical, and environmental heritage, a group of artists, photographers and environmentalists from Hyderabad* has been working for the protection of this rocky landscape since 1992. In 1996, they formed themselves into a registered society, and since then, the Society to Save Rocks has expanded to include many other citizens, from students to housewives to businessmen and bureaucrats (300 members).

The Society wants to impress upon landowners, developers and the government that our beautiful granite boulders could be preserved in houses, gardens, colonies and park areas.

As a result of the Society's efforts it won the Heritage Award 2003 from the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), a Certificate of Excellence for service in the field of Tourism Promotion 2003 from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, and the National Tourism Award 2002/03 for the Best Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in the Sphere of Tourism from the Government of India.

Hyderabad is the capital of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These two states occupy a great part of the Deccan Plateau in central India.

Members of the Managing Committee of the Society

President Profession
Prof. Fatima Alikhan Professsor of Geology rtd. OU
Sangeeta Varma Company Secretary
Frauke Quader Administrator
Joint Secretary
Padmini Patell Writer
G.R.B. Pradeep Accountant
Dr. Sudheer Bhan Linguist
Sajid Mahmood Hotel Consultant
Dr. Ravi K. Vundavalli Geologist rtd. GSI
Amita Talwar Artist, Journalist


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