When poems and paintings converge, merge and fuse, what follows is a delectable feast to the eyes and the senses! As one turns the pages of ‘The Painted Verse’ with poems by Preeta Chandran and paintings by Pankaj Kumar Saxena, it is difficult to know which came first – the poem or the painting – the painting or the poem...?

The poetry and art collection under review entitled – The Painted Verse – is the maiden venture of Preeta and Pankaj into the publishing world. Preeta works with a reputed MNC and a lovely free verse poet. Pankaj works with a leading MNC and an award winning artist, well known for his experiments in modern art.

Love of art in all its forms is rooted in human psyche. When two powerful art forms of poetry and painting give sublime joy to the reader of a book, it surely can be termed as a 'success' story. This collection entitled The Painted Verse: Poems & Paintings, by poet Preeta Chandran and artist Pankaj Kumar Saxena, is a blend of creativity, sublimity and originality.

Acclaim for The Portrait of a Verse

  • Fusion, whether it is of two forms of music or of two arts, is an ultimate form of creation. It’s woven around a thread whose ultimate upshot is bonding. Bonding has a special meaning in a world that is tearing apart. Showing wonderful understanding in ‘The Portrait of a Verse‘, Preeta Chandran and Pankaj Kumar Saxena have attempted fusion of the two different yet complementary arts – literature and sketch work. Moving verses by Preeta have been depicted by Pankaj in beautiful, flowing sketches. A must buy for creative minds.

    – Uday Mahurkar, Author of ‘Marching with a Billion: Analysing Narendra Modi Government at Midterm’, Deputy Editor, India Today

  • Every heart is a book of memory. It is not for everyone to read, because it is not in everyone’s language. It must to be imagined, every word is also a picture, and every picture is also a place, a person, the known, and the unknown. The ‘Portrait of a Verse’ delicately connects the fragile lines of memory with the to create a stunning world that is personal, yet universal, particular yet transcendental. Preeta Chandran’s sparkling poetry and Pankaj K. Saxena’s evocative sketches make this book an exceptionally memorable journey through the pages of every heart that remembers.

    – Kota Neelima, Author of the bestselling ‘Shoes of the Dead’ and other books

  • "The Portrait of the Verse" is a plush book that one will want to flip through and relish over and over again.

    – Niladri Paul, Contemporary Artist, INDIA

  • "The Portrait of a Verse" by Preeta Chandran and illustrated by Pankaj Rohilkhandvi is a beautiful blend of Poetry and Art. Preeta's Poem is an insight into reality and Pankaj has appropriately translated into artworks. The Poem is very artistic and the Illustrations are very lyrical and poetic.

    – Kanchan Chander, Fine Artist, INDIA

  • I really liked the reflective, serene sense of painting and prose that forms the essence of this book. It made me pause, as I'm sure it will others, with a sense of wonder at how hope springs eternal in our minds, body and soul.

    –Tulika Bhatnagar, Journalist, BBC World Service

  • The poet and the artist create a world where two forms of art just blend beautifully, flow so effortlessly and create a definitive fusion. A book that's a must have in any art or poetry lover's collection.

    – Pratul Dash, Fine Artist, INDIA

  • The perfect balance and amalgam of two hearthinking talents makes of this book a reference of art vision and of the incredible power of universal art language.

    – Céline Pellerin Visual Artist, Québec, Canada

  • Pankaj, you and Preeta have created a visual and poetic art that pleasures the mind and spirit. Wonderful works!

    – Janet Poirier, Gorham,New Hampshire, USA


  • Received Honorary Doctorate from the World Records University, for her book, "The Painted Verse", finding a place in The India Book of Records for being a unique book on fusion of art and poetry
  • Record holder with the India Book of Records for unique book "The Painted Verse" Read More.
  • Winner of Hindustan Times Brunch Haiku contest on multiple occasions.
  • Honorable Mention in popular literary journal "Muse India".
  • Awarded by the Human Resource Protection and Social Welfare Development, Bareilly chapter, for contribution to Art & Literature.