We were incorporated in the UK in 2011, but our story begins decades earlier.
The DHF’s founding members — Mary Anne Cordeiro, George Michell, and Helen Philon — came together through a shared connection to the Deccan and a desire to preserve its heritage for future generations. Inspired by their individual experiences with the region, each has a deeply personal drive to protect the Deccan’s plethora of historic sites and ensure their value is understood by the people who live with that history every day.
Words from our Friends
The Deccan has always been a place apart, quite distinct in character from the rest of India. The great city states of the region — like those of their contemporaries in Renaissance Italy — were always more cosmopolitan and open to new ideas than their more conservative neighbours. Perhaps it was the unchanging Deccan plains that led the inhabitants to value above all the strange, the fantastic, and the otherworldly. Today their art and architecture is little known beyond a few specialists and much under-valued. In places many important artefacts are being destroyed to make way for the region’s hyper-development. The work of the DHF could not be more valuable or more urgently needed if this irreplaceable heritage is to be saved for future generations. - William Dalrymple