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FOR POSTERITY: Clint's pictures being digitally recorded. - Photo: H. Vibhu
FOR POSTERITY: Clint's pictures being digitally recorded. - Photo: H. Vibhu

Anand Haridas

KOCHI: That famous signature of Clint welcomes anyone approaching door number 138, Judges Avenue, Kaloor. On Thursday, Lakshmikutty, the parrot that gives company to the child prodigy's ageing parents, was looking surprised at streams of visitors walking past the house.

The rich and huge collection of works done by the boy, who died at the age of six, is being shot in the digital format. The project has been taken up by Moozhikulam Sala. Senior artist T. Kaladharan inaugurated the project, lighting a lamp on Chingam 1.

M.T. Joseph and Chinnamma had been guarding colours and images left by their son more than two decades ago. Pictures drawn on the back of cyclostyle paper, which Mr. Joseph brought from his office, have started ageing too. Only memories of the colour remain bright.

Music festival

"There are around 25,000 works. We expect to complete the filming in 30 days and hand over the images recorded in a DVD to Mr. Joseph," said T.R. Premkumar of Moozhikulam Sala.

The Sala has announced a month-long music festival, where people can contribute to the filming process. "Those who give Rs.100 will be given a copy of the DVD," said Mr. Premkumar.

The 30-day festival is dedicated to Clint, music critic M.K. Balagopal, flautist Sachin Kaitharam, as well as to fading practice of agriculture and waning rivers. "Each day is dedicated to one of the 44 rivers that flow across our land and to seeds of one of the vegetable cultivated in our land," Mr. Premkumar said.

From August 18 to September 7, the festival will be held at Changampuzha Park at 6.30 p.m., except on August 19, 20 and 27. These days and from September 8 to 16, the festival will be held at the Changampuzha Memorial Library Hall. The music festival is being held in association with the Changampuzha Cultural Centre, the Changampuzha Memorial Library and the Edappally Sangeeta Sadas.

The Sala will also bring out special river editions of its wall magazine Sraddha during the festival. Packets of seeds and music CDs are coming up for sale at the venue.

By noon on the first day, just about 300 pictures by Clint could be shot. Mr. Joseph had taken out only one suitcase full of works. "This has just around 1,000 of the main works. Twelve times as much remain, stacked in moisture-proof boxes," Mr. Joseph said.

Not many have seen these works. As sculptor N.R. Kumaran from Kozhikode, whose sculpture of Clint is the main thing in that house, etched in his work Oh Clint, who knew the soul of colours, we missed your colour!

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