Kerala Tourism's Clint webpage features 1000 paintings by children

The paintings, on various themes related to Kerala, can be viewed, liked and shared on website.

August 04, 2014 2:57 IST | India Infoline News Service
In a tribute to Indian art prodigy Edmund Thomas Clint who created an incredible body of art works before his death at the age of seven, Kerala’s Tourism Department has launched a webpage displaying 1,000 paintings by children shortlisted for an international competition held in his memory.

The paintings, on various themes related to Kerala, can be viewed, liked and shared on www.keralatourism.org/clint/ . The artworks are competition entries by children aged between four and fifteen from around the world.

More than 3,000 children from 40 countries, including the US, Canada, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Egypt, Pakistan and Bangladesh, sent in around 4,500 entries for the Clint Memorial International Children’s Painting Competition. A screening committee shortlisted 1,000 entries, allof which can be viewed on the new webpage.

Clint, who was named by his Kochi-based parents after Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, was a prodigy who created more than 25,000 works of art before he died of kidney failure in April 1983, one month short of hisseventh birthday. His prolific output comprised paintings and drawings – created mostly on used paper with charcoal, pencil, ball-point pens,crayons and watercolours – that depicted Kerala’s rich cultural heritage, especially its religious festivals and temple art forms.

The competition was aimed at familiarising children around the world with ‘God’s Own Country’. Kerala Tourism’s official website provided to the competition participants e-books, photographs and nearly 3,000 video clips on the state to browse through.
A short film created by Kerala Tourism as a prelude to the painting competition has been viewed online more than 1,000,000 times.

The results of the competition will be announced in September. There are 125 prizes on offer. The top five winners (and their parent/guardian) will each get a tour package to explore Kerala along with economy class ticket to travel to the state.

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