Trivandrum: Kerala Tourism is conducting an online painting competition for children worldwide in memory of Edmund Thomas Clint, a prodigy who created more than 25,000 works of art before he died one month short of his seventh birthday.
Clint’s prolific output consisted of paintings and drawings that depicted Kerala’s rich cultural heritage, especially its religious festivals and temple art forms. Clint, the son of M T Joseph and Chinnamma Joseph died on April 15, 1983 of kidney failure, but his masterful works continue to astonish art lovers and critics for their vibrancy, depth and maturity.
The Clint Memorial International Children’s Painting Competition was formally launched by the Tourism Minister, Shri A P Anil Kumar in Thiruvananthapuram, at a function attended by Clint’s parents.
“This is an important milestone for Kerala Tourism and we hope this competition will become a lasting memorial to Clint, the magical talent who was with us for such a short time. It is a tribute to an artist whose drawings are as awe-inspiring today as they were when he first drew them,” the Minister said. “We also intend to showcase Kerala’s culture and its uniqueness as a destination.”
The competition, coordinated by Kerala Tourism’s IT solutions provider Invis Multimedia, is open to all children between the ages of 4-15 years. The paintings can be on any theme related to Kerala and the each participant can submit up to five entries online through the Kerala Tourism website www.keralatourism.org/clint.
There is no entry fee for the competition which will be open from January 15 to May 31, 2014. The painting should be on paper and created manually. The participants can scan the painting and submit the image to Kerala Tourism website
Tourism Secretary, Suman Billa IAS, who was also present, said the idea of the competition is to let the world see ‘God’s Own Country’ through the eyes of a child.
Clint’s father, Joseph thanked the Kerala government for reviving his son’s memory and honouring his prodigious talent thirty years after his death.
The top five 5 winners and their parent will each get a tour package to explore Kerala along with an economy class ticket to travel to the State.
Kerala IT News