Shailesh Matiyani

Shailesh Matiyani
Born Ramesh Singh Matiyani
October 14, 1931
Barechhina, Almora, Uttarakhand, India
Died April 24, 2001(2001-04-24) (aged 69)
Delhi, India
Other names Ramesh Singh Matiyani 'Shailesh'
Occupation writer, poet, essayist

Ramesh Singh Matiyani 'Shailesh', popularly known as Shailesh Matiyani (October 14, 1931 - April 24, 2001),[1] is a Hindi writer, poet, essayist from Uttarakhand, India.

He became most known for his short stories, depicting the struggles and the fighting spirit of the Indian lower and lower-middle class, which he embodied himself and expressed through his writings all through his life, and which gave him the title - People’s Writer or ‘Jankathakar’.[2][3][4] And as, Hindi Littérateur, Pankaj Bisht puts it, "how intimate was his depiction of the displaced people from the villages in the urban slums, and those compelled to live and die on footpaths. You won’t find this kind of intimacy in any other language. Matiyani’s protagonists are beggars, pick-pockets, lumpens, drop-outs, marginalised characters. Fatedness — the lopsided policies of progress — they were its victims; and yet, their inner life was so full of humanism and faith.".[3] Today, many writers view his work, second to none other than Premchand himself, though some like Giriraj Kishore, even consider his story writing, beyond of him as well.[5]

He wrote over 30 novels, including Ramkali and Suryaasth Kosi, over 17 collection of stories including his most popular stories Maimood,[6] Yada Kada [7] and Ardhangini,[8] 28 collection of stories, seven collection of folk tales, apart from writing numerous essays [9] and over 16 books for children.[1][10]

In 1994, he was awarded an honorary degree of D.Litt. by Kumaun University, Nainital.[1]


Ramesh Singh Matiyani 'Shailesh' was born on October 14, 1931, in Barechhina, Almora district, Uttarakhand, it was here and later at Almora, that he studied up to High School.

His first novel, Borivilli se Boribander tak was published in 1959, and in his career spanning five decades, he wrote numerous short stories, novels and published many collections of stories and essays. He was also known for his stories for children. He remained the editor of two publications, Janpaksh and Vikalp, for many years . Thereafter, he moved to Haldwani, where he spent the rest of his years, though suffering a depression attack in July 1995, he often travelled to Delhi and Lucknow, for treatment, despite that he continued writing prolifically. He was awarded Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award for his contribution to Hindi Literature in 2000.

He died on April 24, 2001, in Delhi and was cremated at Haldwani. After his death, 'Shailesh Matiyani Smriti Katha Puraskar' was established by the Madhya Pradesh Government.

See also

Children's literature portal


"लिखना, लेखक होना - अपने मानवीय स्वत्व के लिए संघषॆ करने का ही दूसरा नाम है, और जब यह दूसरों के लिए संघषॆ करने के विवेक से जुड़ जाता है, तभी लेखक सही अथों में साहित्यकार बन पाता है।"
शैलेश मटियानी[10]
  • Shailesh Matiyani Ki Sampurna Kahaniyan 5 Vols. ISBN 04217-6521.
  • Shailesh Matiyani ki Ikkyavan Kahaniyan (Hindi), Vibhor Prakashan, Allahabad [4]
  • Bhage hue log, (Hindi). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad 1994.
  • Suhagini tatha Anya kahaniyan(Hindi). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad
  • Kise pata hai rashtriy sharm ka matlab(Hindi-Lekh). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad
  • Ugte suraj ki Kiran(Hindi -Novel). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad
  • 10 Pratinidhi Kahaniyan. ISBN 042175283.
  • Kanya Tatha Anya Kahaniyan(Hindi). ISBN 81-88266-40-X.
  • Shreshtha Anchalik Kahaniya (Hindi), 2001, Kadamabari Prakashan. ISBN 81-85050-73-2.
  • Parvat Se Sagar Tak. ISBN 04217-1154.
  • Aakash Kitna Anant Hai. ISBN 04217-1633.
  • Trijya. ISBN 04217-1824.[11]
  • Rastrbhasha ka Sawal (Hindi- Lekh). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad 1994. ISBN 81-85377-04-9.
  • Kagaz ki Naav (Collection of essays)Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad.
  • Koi Ajnabi Nahin, Manjil Sar Manjil (Hindi), Delhi, Granth Academy, 2006. [1]
  • Yada Kada, (Hindi), 1992.
  • Kohra (Novel)
  • Uthaigir, (Play)
  • Chhote-Chhote Pakshi (Novel).
  • Gopuli Gafooran (Novel).
  • Maimood, Modern Hindi Short Stories; translated by Jai Ratan. New Delhi, Srishti, 2003, Chapter 11. ISBN 81-88575-18-6.[12]
  • Choti machali Badi machali, AtmaRam & Sons. 2002.
  • Parvat Se Sagar Tak, Rajpal & Sons, ISBN 978-81-7028-376-8.
  • Billi ke Bachche (Hindi-Bal sahitya). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad
  • Maa ki wapsi (Hindi-Bal sahitya). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad
  • Kali paar ki lokkathaen(Hindi-Bal sahitya). Ashu Prakasan,1143/31 old katra, Allahabad

See also

Children's literature portal


Works online

  • Digital Library of India - Hindi.
  • A collection of Essays. by Shailesh Matiyani - Hindi
  • , an essay by Shailesh Matiyani - Hindi
  • , a story by Shailesh Matiyani - Hindi
  • , a story by Shailesh Matiyani - Hindi

Further reading

  • Shailesh Matiyani ke Maynay, PAHAR Vol. 13, 2001. Issue devoted to life and literature of great Hindi writer Sailesh Matiyani People's Association for Himalaya Area Research (PAHAR). pp 116.- Quote; pp 262-265 - Complete Bibliography.
  • Jankathakar Shailesh Matiyani (Biography), Publications Division, Ministry of Communication and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, 1992.