Edmund Thomas Clint (1976–1983)

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Edmund Thomas Clint  (Born: May 19, 1976 Kochi, Kerala –  Died: April 15, 1983) was a self-taught child prodigy. Clint was the lone son of MT Joseph and Chinnamma Joseph.

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He worked mostly on sheets of foolscap paper that were the backs of discarded office memos and letters his father brought home for the boy to work on.

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Clint especially loved painting Hindu festivals and traditional events near his home in Kochi, Kerala.

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When he died of kidney failure in 1983, he was just six years and 11 months old, yet left behind some 25,000 artworks.

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Normally it would take years of analytical study and training to draw such paintings.

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At the age of 5, he secured first place in a competition held for painters below the age 18.

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Clint Road in Kochi is named after him.

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His parents, Joseph and Chinnamma remember about Clint’s last words, “Amma, I might suddenly fall asleep. When you call me, I might not answer you. But don’t be scared. I’ll be sleeping,”. he jokes. An hour later, he went into a coma. And the very next day, he left his world of colours without a word by creating an unending void…..

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