Edmund Thomas Clint

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Edmund Thomas Clint
Born(1976-05-19)19 May 1976
Kochi, Kerala, India
Died(1983-04-15)15 April 1983 (aged 6)
Other namesClint
Known forPainting, drawing

Edmund Thomas Clint (19 May 1976 — 15 April 1983) was an Indian child prodigy known for having drawn over 25,000 paintings during his life of less than seven years.[1][2]


Clint was the lone son of Late M.T. Joseph and Chinnamma Joseph.[3] He was named after the veteran Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood.

He loved painting Hindu festivals and traditional events near his home in Kochi, Kerala. When he died of kidney failure on Vishu day in 1983, he was just six years and 11 months old, yet left behind some 25,000 artworks.[4] Normally it would take years of analytical study and training to draw such paintings.[5] His work has been displayed in exhibitions in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 1995 and 2007.[6][7][8] At the age of 5, he secured first place in a competition held for painters below the age 18.


One of Clint's drawings - Temple Festival, c. 1982

Clint Road in Kochi, Kerala is named after him. A biography, Clint - Nirangalude Rajakumaran (Clint - The Prince of Colours) was written by Sebastian Pallithode about him.[9] The 2007 Malayalam film Anandabhairavi, about a child prodigy was inspired by Clint's life.[10] Edmund Thomas Clint memorial painting competition for children was held at Kochi in his memory.[11]

Feature film about Clint[edit]

In September 2014, director Harikumar declared he was planning to make a film based on the life of Clint.[12] The movie shooting was completed in 2017. Its trailer was released on 25 July 2017, and finally the film Clint was released on 11 August 2017. Master Alok plays the title role as Clint, while Unni Mukundan and Rima Kallingal play as Clint's parents.[13] [14]


  1. ^ "She spells hope and happiness". The Hindu. 31 July 2003. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ "7 year-old kid unbelievably drew 25,000 paintings in 2522 days of his life". indiatvnews.
  3. ^ "Who is Edmund Thomas Clint?". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Temple Festival by Edmund Thomas Clint". Reader's Digest. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Remembering Clint" - Bluubyrd
  6. ^ "In Tiruvananthapuram Today" - The Hindu.
  7. ^ Sadasivan, T. K (10 December 2009). "It is still fascinating..." The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Painting exhibition". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 December 2007. Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Clint - Nirangalude Rajakumaran". Archived from the original on 3 September 2010.
  10. ^ "`Missing out award painful'". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 February 2007. Archived from the original on 28 February 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  11. ^ "Edmund Thomas Clint memorial painting competition for children". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 November 2009. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Harikumar to make a film on child prodigy Clint". Klapboard.
  13. ^ "Unni, Rima to play parents in 'Clint'". New Indian Express.
  14. ^ quintdaily (11 August 2017). "Clint Malayalam movie Review, Clint Movie Rating (3/5) News – Public Talk – QuintDaily".

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