Developments in the technology and the Internet have led to increase in number of digital images and videos. Thousands of images are added to WWW every day. To retrieve the specific images efficiently from database or from Internet is becoming a challenge now a day. As a result, the necessity of retrieving images has emerged to be important to various professional areas. This paper proposes a novel fuzzy approach to classify the colour images based on their content, to pose a query in terms of natural language and fuse the queries based on neural networks for fast and efficient retrieval. Number of experiments was conducted for classification and retrieval of images on sets of images and promising results were obtained. The results were analysed and compared with other similar image retrieval system. © 2012 IEEE.