Society to Save Rocks is a not-for-profit entity established in 1996 in Hyderabad, India, by rocks enthusiasts[3] with preservation motif,[4] especially those rock formations abutting the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad[5] amidst the Deccan Plateau. Frauke Quader, Laxma Goud and others have been credited with the formation of the Society way back in the 1990s.[6]

Society to Save Rocks[1]
FoundersFrauke Quader, Laxma Goud and others
Founded atHyderabad
Legal statusNot for profit society
PurposeProtecting rock formations
HeadquartersHyderabad, India
Region served
Hyderabad and Secunderabad
Official language
Secretary General
Ms. Frauke Quader
Prof. Fatima Ali Khan[2]
Ms. Sangeeta Varma[1]
Joint Secretary
Ms. Padmini-B. Patell[1]
Mr. G. R. B. Pradeep[1]
Dr. Sudheer Bhan,[1]
Dr. V. Ravi Kumar,[1]
Ms. Amita-Talwar,[1]
Mr. Sajid Mehmood[1]
PublicationSociety to Save Rocks Quarterly Newsletter

As a Hyderabadi interested in preservation of the rocks, Frauke Quader has much to share about the importance of the rocks,

  • ...Rocks sustain a very special ecosystem with unique flora and fauna, and once destroyed they can never grow back[7]

Notable civil servant Narendra Luther (1932–2021) had been associated with the society as a member and also held the position of elected president for more than a decade.



Rock walks and Hyderabad Rockathon are two focal activities of the society that add visibility to its initiative to create interest. Since the past couple of years, the society has been associating itself with the Hyderabad Literary Festival as a partner and exhibiting rock photos and also conducting rock walks on the sidelines of the festival on the precincts of the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet.[8]

Rock walks


In order to create a public awareness, rock walks are held on every third Sunday of the month to various rock formations around the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad as well as to the adjoining districts in Telangana. A schedule of the rock walks is announced in advance each quarter and available on the web site of the Society.

Hyderabad rockathon


The society in association with Greater Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC) has been conducting Rockathons with the first one being held in the premises of the Hyderabad Central University way back in 2012.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Society to Save Rocks - The Society
  2. ^ Society to Save Rocks Newsletter, Volume 102, January-March 2022, p.4.[1]
  3. ^ Frontline, Volume 14, Issues 8-14, 25 July 1997, p.72.[2]
  4. ^ Robert Chambers, Ideas for Development, Earthscan, London, 2005, p. 28. [3]
  5. ^ Society to Save Rocks carries awareness campaigns, Rashtriya Sahara, Volume 3, Issues 7-12, 1995, p. 66. [4]
  6. ^ Rock of Ages, India Today International, Volume 25, p.62
  7. ^ "Day One of Hyderabad Literary Fest mesmerizes booklovers". Telangana Today. Hyderabad. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  8. ^ Hyderabad Literary Festival.[5]
  9. ^ Hyderabad Rockathon

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