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SHILPA NAIR ANAND
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BOOK Memories of Edmund Thomas Clint were brought alive at the release of A Brief Hour of Beauty

It was a bitter-sweet evening, one peppered with memories and searing soul-searching. It was the book release of Ammu Nair’s biography of the child prodigy, the late Edmund Thomas Clint, A Brief Hour of Beauty in Kochi recently. Clint, a prolific painter, was six years and 11 months old when he died, leaving behind close to 25,000 paintings.

Professors M.K. Sanu and M.V. Devan lamented the loss of a genius too soon; the latter suggested opening a space dedicated to the works of Clint, an area that incorporates technology to showcase the paintings.

Artist K. Balasubrahmanian spoke about his interaction with Clint on a couple of occasions.

Artist T. Kaladharan made a confession — of a time when he was judging a drawing competition with the late artist Chikoo and Sathyan V. Apparently, Clint’s painting was not chosen for the first prize because “the painting was way beyond what a child that age could do”. Little did they know, then, that those were the works of a child prodigy. Ammu Nair spoke about the writing of the book.

Clint’s parents, Joseph and Chinnamma, sat among the invitees, quietly taking in all that was being said about their little boy. Joseph said it was a conscious decision, for “we are his parents and if we had been on the podium, emotion would have gotten the better of us”.

(The book, published by Fingerprint, is priced at Rs. 295)

SHILPA NAIR ANAND

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