Arsh Malsiani

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Arsh Malsiani (1908 – 1979)[1] (Urdu:عرش ملسیانی ), born Bal Mukand (Urdu: بال مکند), was an eminent Urdu poet and writer. He was the son of Labbhu Ram Josh Malsiani, an Urdu and Persian scholar and Urdu poet. From 1948 up to his retirement in 1968, Malsiani worked in the Publications Division of the Government of India firstly as an Assistant Editor of the Urdu monthly journal Aaj Kal then edited by Josh Malihabadi whom he succeeded as Editor in 1954.

Four collections of his poetry were published: Haft Rang, Chang o Aahang, Sharar e Sang, and Aahang e Hijaz. His biographical sketch of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was published in 1976.[2]

Critical appraisal of the life and literary works of Arsh Malsiani was conducted by Jagan Nath Azad and published as Aankhen tarastian hain, by Mehr Lal Soni Zia Fatehabadi and included as a separate chapter in his book Zaviyaha e nigaah[3] and by Virendra Prasad Saksena as Arsh Malsiani.


  1. ^ The Encyclopaedia of Indian literature – Vol. 1. – Amresh Dutta. P.299-230,
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  3. ^ Mehr Lal Soni Zia Fatehabadi. Zaviyaha e nigaah. 

Further reading[edit]

1. Lall, Inder Jit; An Urdu Stalwart; National Herald, February 1981