The Indian prodigy who had created 30,000 paintings till he died at the age of 7
After crossing a certain age, when we try to look back to find out what substantial we did till that age, most of us have no answer or sometimes we get some unsatisfactory answers. But, here was one Indian child Edmund Thomas Clint, who had drawn about 30,000 paintings, till he died at the age of 7, due to a kidney failure.
Named after actor and director Clint Eastwood, Edmund Thomas Clint was born in the town of Kochi in Kerala in the year 1976. He was the lone son of M.T. Joseph and Chinnamma Joseph. Edmund loved to paint Hindu festivals and traditional events. It generally takes years of analytical study and training to draw such paintings. But in spite of his tender age, Edmund’s works were very efficient. His paintings has been displayed in exhibitions in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 1995 and 2007. Clint started drawing at the age of 2 and when he was 5, he secured first place in a competition held for painters below the age 18.
Clint Road in Kochi, Kerala is named after him. His biography, ‘Clint – Nirangalude Rajakumaran’ (Clint – The Prince of Colors) was written by Sebastian Pallithode. ‘A Brief Hour of Beauty’ is also another biography of Edmund. Edmund Thomas Clint memorial painting competition for children was held in Kochi in his memory. The Malayalam film ‘Anandabhairavi’, about a child prodigy was inspired by Clint’s life.
Within that short span of time, Edmund Thomas Clint left behind some 30,000 beautiful paintings. We can’t even imagine how much this Indian prodigy would have contributed towards art, if he were still alive.
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