Saturday, 7 January 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Spotlight on J R R Tolkien

British Council, Bengaluru,invites you to a Spotlight on J R R Tolkien

Who was Tolkien?

How much do you know about Tolkien and The Hobbit?

Come challenge yourself in this fun session, packed with Hobbitactivity.There’ll be a Hobbitquiz you can take a crack at, a quick viewing of excerpts from the animated Hobbit movie,and a fun spell where you can choose to be Gandalf or Bilbo Baggins.

The British Council has been organising a series of events every month to introduce children’s authors and illustrators to families and young audiences, to showcase some exemplary children’s literature and contemporary writers. In continuation to this, we bring you a session on the English poet and writer, J R R Tolkien, who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

The Spotlight session will be facilitated by eminent theatre actor and director, Ms Sheila Govindaraj. Registration can be done at the Library Front Desk (pay by cash/card/cheque). For more information, please contact us at 0120-4569000 / 0120-6684353 or write to

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, known by his pen name J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature or, more precisely, of high fantasy. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning "dead celebrity" in 2009. 

Fee: Rs 200 per child

Age Group: 8 – 12 years

About the facilitator: 

Sheila Govindaraj is a Bangalore-based theatre actor and director. She also choreographs Kalarippayattu movement pieces for Ranjan Mullaratt of Kalari Gurukulam / KAAPA.

Sheila did two summer workshops at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) and then followed that up with a two-year intensive under M.Philippe Gaulier, one of the true inheritors of Jacques Lecoq’s method of training, with further embellishments to the training methodology from the master teacher himself. She has also trained under several theatre stalwarts including the late Veenapani Chawla (Aadishakti), Tim Supple, Anna Helena McLean, John Britton, and Mahesh Dattani. In Bangalore, she has acted under several directors including Diana Tholoor, Preetam Koilpillai, late Vijay Nair, Padmavathi Rao and Prakash Belawadi. Her body of work in theatre and theatre training includes Shakespeare and several contemporary playwrights. Training children in theatre and performance is a major thrust of her current charter. She has been conducting regular workshops for children at the British Council, Bangalore. 

Sheila also direct children’s plays. Her last production for and with children was Roald Dahl’s The Witches in May 2016 at Atta Galatta. This production was supported by Puffin Books and Atta Galatta. All the above she does while working as Head Baker at Spell Foods which produces the Bagels & Bakes for Atta Galatta brand of breads and confectionery. Her role at Spell Foods is to create the recipes for their products and to ensure quality. Sheila Govindaraj has also worked as Tech Writer and Product Documentation Head for 8 years in the software industry.

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