Kerala Tourism launches webpage with children’s paintings

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Trivandrum: Kerala’s Tourism Department has launched a webpage displaying 1,000 paintings by children shortlisted for an international competition held in memory of Indian art prodigy Edmund Thomas Clint.

The paintings, on various themes related to Kerala, can be viewed, liked and shared on www.keralatourism.org/clint/. The artworks are competition entries by children aged between four and fifteen from around the world.

More than 3,000 children from 40 countries including USA, Canada, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Egypt, Pakistan and Bangladesh sent in around 4,500 entries for the Clint Memorial International Children’s Painting Competition. A screening committee shortlisted 1,000 of these entries, all of which can be viewed on the new webpage.

Clint was prodigy who created more than 25,000 works of art before he died in April 1983, one month short of his seventh birthday. His prolific output consisted of paintings and drawings – created mostly on used paper with charcoal, pencil, ball-point pens, crayons and watercolours – that depicted Kerala’s rich cultural heritage, especially its religious festivals and temple art forms.

The competition was aimed at familiarising children around the world with ‘God’s Own Country’. Kerala Tourism’s official website provided competition participants e-books, photographs and nearly 3,000 video clips on Kerala to browse through. A short film created by Kerala Tourism as a prelude to the painting competition has been viewed online more than 1,000,000 times.

The results of the competition will be announced in September. There are 125 prizes on offer. The top five winners and their parent/guardian will each get a tour package to explore Kerala along with economy class ticket to travel to the State.

Kerala IT News

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