Salaam Machhalishahari (1921-1972),[1][2] or Salam Machhali Sheri, (Urdu: سلام مچهلی شهری) (Hindi: सलाम मछलीशहरी), was a renowned Urdu Ghazal and Nazm writer.


He was born in Machhali Shahar, a city in District Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh, on 1-07-1921. He was fluent in the use of Urdu, Persian and English languages. He worked in the Urdu Service Dept. of the All India Radio, New Delhi. He died on 19-11-1972.

Literary career

Many of Salaam Machhalishahari’s ghazals[3] put to music have been sung by leading ghazal-singers such as Jagjit Singh.[4] He had also written Sonnets in Urdu.[5] He was actively associated with the Progressive Writers Movement[6] In a Marathi article " Geet Yatre " Madhav Moholkar writes that Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Majaz, Jazbi, Salaam Machhalishahari, Sahir Ludhianvi and other poets had started a new era of progressive poetry in Urdu literature.[7] Salaam Machhalishahari is one of the two famous poets hailing from Machhali Shahar who left his indelible mark in contemporary Urdu Poetry the other being Mateen Machhalishahari also known as Janseene Dagh. In the year 1996, the Urdu Academy published selected poems of Salaam Machhalishahari titled Intekhab Salam Machhali Shehri ISBN 8171211011.[8][9] A critical appraisal of his life and literary contributions was conducted by Dr. Aziz Indori and published titled- Salaam Machhalishahari – Shakhsiyat aur Funn.[10]


  • Intekhab Salam Machhali Shehri


  1. ^ Urdu Authors: Date list as on 31-05-2006 – S.No.1772 – Salaam Machhalishahari> maintained by National Council for Promotion of Urdu, Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development http://www.urducouncil.nic.in/urdu_wrld/u_auth/index_all.htm
  2. ^ Muktak Aur Rubaian (in Hindi) by Sherjung Garg p.243 https://books.google.com/books?isbn=8170780985
  3. ^ Pratinidhi Shairy ( in Hindi ) p.17 https://books.google.com/books?isbn=8171197167
  4. ^ Jagjit Singh's Album " Ecstasies " includes Salaam's poem " Bahut dinon ki baat hai " http://www.fundoozone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20708
  5. ^ http://people.du.ac.in/~aahmad/Article_Eng/English%20Articles-2.pdf
  6. ^ Hindi -"taraqipasand shayaron ko aap do-teen categories mein baant sakten hain.ek mein sardar jafri, kaifi azami aur niyaz haider taip shayar hain.doosari mein sahir ludhianavi aur salaam machhalishahari taip shayar hain. ( Progressive writers can be divided in two or three categories, in one are poets like Ali Sardar Jafri, Kaifi Azmi and Niyaz Haider, in the second are poets like Sahir Ludhianvi and Salaam Machhalishahari ) http://hindipatal.com/2011/04/26/निग़ाहों-के-साये
  7. ^ http://www.hamaraforums/index.php?showtopic=26300&mode=threaded
  8. ^ "Global Media Publications: Intekhab Salam Machhli Shehri". Gmpublications.com. 2005-06-03. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ http://www.indiaclub/shop/SearchResults.asp?ProdStock=7423
  10. ^ (in Urdu)