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Anujath Sindhu Vinaylal of Thrissur wins Clint Memorial Painting Competition
Thiruvananthapuram, October 25, 2014
Anujath Sindhu Vinaylal from Thrissur in Kerala won the first prize in the Clint Memorial International Painting Commpetition conducted by Kerala Tourism in memory of child prodigy Edmund Thomas Clint.
Irtiza Anika Haqe Probonti of Bangladesh came second, while the third prize was shared by Viara Pencheva of Bulgaria, Meenakshi Nair J from Kottayam, Kerala and Meghna Unnikrishnan from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Winners of 20 consolation prizes and 100 certificates of appreciation have also been announced.
The competition for children in the age group of 4-15 was launched in January this year.
Born in Kochi, Clint had drawn worldwide attention by creating more than 25,000 drawings and paintings as a child before he passed away in 1983 one month short of his seventh birthday.
The online competition received 4,350 entries from 40 countries. The theme was Kerala and the state tourism department had provided two e-books — one on the life of Clint and the other on Kerala — to all the participants.
Winners were selected by a jury, headed by renowned painter-journalist-writer and the Chairman of Kerala Lalit Kala Academy K A Francis, and consisting of art critic-writer-curator M L Johny, painter-writer Mimi Radhakrishnan, artist Anandamoy Banerjee and sculptor George Martin.
Of the 20 consolation prizes, four went to participants from outside India, six from Kerala and ten from various other parts of India. There were also prizes for two volunteers who brought in maximum number of participants.
Kerala topped the number of entries with 1,125. A total of 2,800 paintings were received from other states of India while 425 paintings came from 36 foreign countries. Vietnam had the highest number of submissions from outside India, at 95.
Kerala Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said: “We were overwhelmed by the response of children from across the world to the competition. The fact that thousands of children from diverse regions drew paintings on Kerala is a display of creative solidarity among the global youth.”
"Clint was a genius who created a world of images, many representing the cultural landscape of Kerala, for the people to see," said Suman Billa, Secretary, Kerala Tourism.
Kerala Tourism had also made two short films on the life of Clint and on the competition for preparing the participants. The films received a whopping one million views on YouTube and other online platforms within four months of their launch.
"The competition generated massive interest online worldwide," said Kerala Tourism Director P I Sheik Pareeth. "We are thankful to the participants and their families for their enthusiasm in knowing about Clint and the state where he lived and painted.”
Kerala Tourism had received limited rights to use 30 of Clint's paintings for the competition, from his parents, who had extended their whole hearted support to the international event. Clint's parents, M T Joseph and Chinnamma Joseph, were present at the launch of the short film on Clint, titled 'God's Own Child From God's Own Country'.