Two years of research findings came together to form a distinct narrative. We sought out and were enormously rewarded in meeting so many people who knew so much about the rocks and their relationship to the people. Ecological experts spoke with us of the primordial formation of the rocks aeons ago and demonstrated their importance in creating an ecosystem in which animals, plants and people could all thrive. We researched beautiful rocks spaces where over the ages, saints, seekers and gurus were inspired to make their home. These spaces have been recognized and protected as important spiritual sites, and they continue to offer sanctuary to spiritual wanderers today. We delved into the writings, languages, lore, humour, poetry, prose, songs, films, textiles, art, characters, crafts and cuisine of the region and found – with delight - where/how they were inspired by and featured the rocky landscape. As we sought, we found plentifully, a treasure trove of material. In the making of the film, rock lovers, rappers, geologists, urban planning experts, linguists, scholars, writers, translators, poets, animators, folk theatre performers, balladeers, songwriters, singers and all other manner of contributors gave of their expertise demonstrating a signature Hyderabadi generosity of spirit!
We have shared these findings so far in an 18-month bi-monthly series called Rockscapes, written by Uma, for The Hindu Hyderabad Metroplus newspaper. We look forward to sharing our findings further through the release, distribution and exhibition of this film. We are planning screenings and discussions with a wide and diverse range of local communities, schools/colleges all over the city and other spaces of deliberation and dialogue. Through all of this we wish to pay homage to the rocks and forge ways to protect this uniquely attractive and life sustaining dimension of our city. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Hyderabad’s rocks are quite simply its heart and soul, its history and its future.