|Born||1 July 1921|
|Died||19 November 1972 (aged 51)|
|Known for||Nazms, Ghazals, Journalist, Qat'aa|
Machhalishahari was born in Machhali Shahar, a city in District Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh, on 1 July 1921. He was fluent in Urdu, Persian and English languages. He worked in the Urdu Service Department of the All India Radio, New Delhi. He died on 19 November 1972.
Many of Machhalishahari's ghazals have been put to music and sung by Jagjit Singh. Machhalishahari also wrote sonnets in Urdu. He was actively associated with the Progressive Writers Movement. In his Marathi article "Geet Yatre", Madhav Moholkar asserted that Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Majaz, Jazbi, Salaam Machhalishahari, Sahir Ludhianvi and other poets had started a new era of progressive poetry in Urdu literature.
In 1996, the Urdu Academy published selected poems with the title Intekhab Salam Machhali Shehri ISBN 8171211011. A critical appraisal of his life and literary contributions is Aziz Indori's Salaam Machhalishahari - Shakhsiyat aur Funn.