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And then the story unfolded… The establishment of the Club was dramatic. Sri Varada Raj Mudaliar happened to go to Poona on his personal work annd accidentally visited the Poona’s Deccan Gymkhana Club. After his return he discussed with his freinds and close associates to start a Club in Secunderabad as many diginitories of twin cities were denied membership in the only existing Secunderabad Club which was dominated by the Military Officers and was a purely Army Officers Club.

With him it began Rao bahadur varada raj mudaliar, founder president

Rao Bahadur Varada Raj Mudaliar (late) and his friends late Mr.Fazullah, Dr.M.G.Naidu, (late) Mr.Tata Char, Devan Bahadur Venugopal Mudaliar, Dr.Jaisoorya were founder members of the present prestigious Deccan Club, established in the year 1900.

Changing venues – unchanging relevance

The Venue for the Deccan Club in the middle of 1900 was Wesley Compound (Presently Wesley Boys Hostel, Opp Anand Talkies). Under the first President Rao Bahadur Varadaraj Mudaliar, the Club grew in status and strength year by year. The renowned State Tennis Players like Mr.Haddy, Mr.Ali Razak and Mr.K.S.Judge were also members of the Club. The Club Besides two Tennis Courts, had a Billiards table donated by Mr.Rasheed Shenoy of Shapoorwadi. Auction Bridge and Rummy were other games played regularly.

The Second World war not only had an impact on allied nations, Germany and others countries, but also on Deccan Club, as the club premised had to be shifted to a rented building on Prendergast Road, as the premises was sold away to present Wesley Boys School. After the demise of Sri Varadaraj Mudaliar his son late Devan Bahadur Padmarao Mudaliar became President. As he was member of the cantonment board, he had certain privileges which he extended for the growth and development of the Club.

Later (late) Raja Iqbal Chand became President of the Club. After few years once again for the second time the Club had to be shifted to a building in East Marredpalli presently Tiny tots School. In 1946 Raja Dondiraj (late) then Sessions Judge, later Revenue Minister in 1947, was President of the Club. After he relinquished the Presidentship in 1951, late Shivkumar Lal, Inspector General of Police was elected unanimously as President of the Club. He held the office for the longest period up to 1979 (summer) when he suddenly demised due to heart attack.

In fifties Sri Raja Ramdev Rao, Sri A.V.T. Mudaliar, popularly known as Dr.Chitti Babu, Sri Siddamchetty Rajeshwar Rao, Sri Mahaboob Ali, Maj.Guruswamy and Sri Shivkumar Lal were prominent members of the Club.

Maj.Guruswamy, after police action, was holding number of important posts in the state. He was also Collector at that time. He was instrumental in getting the present premises from the Government on lease basis in the year 1951. Soon the club was shifted to the present premises without any structure.

1951, secunderabad The present premises happened

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Timeline

  • 1946 – first building was constructed
  • 1974 – Billiards room comes by; First Open Bridge Championships; Memebership touches 300
  • 1979- 1986 – large development activities took place
  • 1979 – The bar gets opened
  • 1980- 1982 – ‘Shivakumar Lal Memorial Hall’. This made provision for Library, Billiards Room and Table Tennis; main lawn was extended; children’s play ground developed; Tambola licence;
  • 1983 – administrative building (1st floor), family lounge and committee room were constructed
  • 1985 – for the first time Deccan Club members Sri D.N.Gupta, Sri Bongu Srinivas Rao, Dr.I.Venkat Rao, Sri Dandoo Ramesh and Sri Jooluri Nagaraja Rao (late) instituted Five rolling trophies for different events for Bridge