Are you brooding over lack of activities in Hyderabad? You shouldn't be. This city has quite a few interesting activity clubs, whether it is with respect to film-viewing, bird-watching or even quizzing. So stop twiddling your thumbs and take your pick among the ones listed below.
Tel – 09885054941 (KS Srinivas)
Supposed to be the oldest quiz club in the city, K Circle was set up in 1972 by a group of quiz-inclined individuals who resolved to meet once a week to do what they like the most - Quiz. This informal club boasts of having members mostly from software giants like Wipro, Microsoft, Google and TCS besides students and academicians. Nonetheless, anybody interested in quizzing, starting from the age of eight years is eligible to join this club.
Far removed from the monotonous, the quiz that they conduct is well-researched and interesting. Each week a quiz session is organized by two quiz masters who take up the job on a voluntary basis. The members of this club also go to schools and other institutions to conduct quiz programs. You can become a lifetime member by paying a nominal Rs. 100 (employed) or Rs. 50 (students) as a membership fee. They meet once a week at YMCA, Secunderabad.
Tel – 09393002396 (Salil Ganeriwal)
If you are desperate to master your public speaking skills, join Hyderabad Toastmasters. Started on the lines of Toastmasters International and vying to become a charter member of the same, Hyderabad Toastmasters is a non-profit organization.
Over here, you can learn and practice to speak effectively. Their meets happen twice a month on every second and fourth Sunday at 11 AM and each meeting gives everyone an opportunity to practice how to conduct meetings and give impromptu or prepared speeches.
In order to become a member, all you need to do is attend two meetings to get a first-hand feel and then enroll by paying Rs. 100. For the first six months the fee is Rs. 2,900 and subsequently it becomes Rs. 1,900 for every six months. They meet at VMRG Media School, Venkata Ramana Colony, Khairatabad in Hyderabad.
Tel – 09849655363 (Aparajita Sinha), 09849160105 (Ram Kiran)
The idea of this film club was mooted to promote meaningful global cinema with strong social themes among people. Set up in August 2004, it was inaugurated by poet and film maker Gulzar and has about 300 members from various literary and artistic backgrounds.
A film lover’s club, it organizes screenings of two films (classics, documentaries and award-winners) a month at different locations (that’s why the name Moving Images) and its uniqueness lies in the fact that they invite eminent film personalities to introduce their films and interact with the members. Girish Karnad, Goutam Ghose, Javed Akhtar, Jaya Bachchan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra are some of the noted film personalities who have visited it. You can become a member of this club by paying Rs. 1,500 (single) and Rs. 2,000 (couple) per annum.
Bird Watcher’s Society
Tel – 040-23556168, 09848039344 (Aasheesh Pittie)
Spotting species of birds is quite an art and if you wish to turn it into an avocation, Bird Watcher’s Society of Andhra Pradesh (BSAP) is the right place to be in. Formed in 1980 by a group of amateur ornithologists, it aims to promote bird watching and create awareness about nature.
BSAP members meet once a month for outings on a Sunday and visit the wilderness in and around Hyderabad to watch birds. Spotting the numerous and colorful birds (even those endangered) is what they gain utmost pleasure from. Two or three times a year they also organize three-four day camps at natural bird habitats for members.
BSAP membership is open to all. Interested individuals can register by paying Rs. 100 apart from an annual membership fee of Rs. 200. BSAP also churns out a monthly journal called Pitta.
Hyderabad Film Club
Tel – 09391020243 (Prakash Reddy)
This voluntary organization had its genesis in the year 1974 with an objective of creating a movement in Hyderabad for a better understanding and appreciation of cinema. Banking upon foreign embassies and consulates in its pursuit to show global cinema to the common man, it does 6-7 screenings of classics, documentaries or award -wnning films per month at Sarathi Studio in Ameerpet. The screening is done in the evenings from 6.30 PM onwards.
Anybody above 18 years of age can join the club. Half-yearly membership fee is Rs. 500 (single) and Rs. 600 (couple). They also offer life membership for a sum of Rs. 4,000.
Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh (ACAP)
Tel – 09849270575 (Ranga Rao)
If you are audacious and activities like rock climbing, exploring caves, mountain biking and kayaking excite you, call on Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh (ACAP). This is an autonomous body established in the year 1991 solely to promote adventure activities in the state.
Other things that you can enjoy through ACAP include hiking, rafting, wilderness survival and outdoor adventure education. Every year ACAP organizes a mountaineering expedition to Himalayas and a rafting expedition in Ganges.
The club gives membership only to highly experienced people (in adventure sports) who are also inducted in their governing council. However, those interested in participating in these programs can become mailing members by forwarding their basic details and interests to this e-mail id – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dramatic Circle of Hyderabad
Tel -0 9848025000 (Pranav Singhal)
Interested in theater and want to showcase your talent? Join Dramatic Circle. Set up in the year 1964, this is the oldest amateur theater group that has generated 100-odd plays. A non-profit organization, it basically acts as a forum for people who love theater.
Some of the plays they have done include The Odd Couple, Bed full of Foreigners and The Merchant of Venice. Anybody in the age group of 16-75 years can join this group by paying Rs. 16. Members meet at their houses by rotation only when they are doing a production (two per year).