Jigar Moradabadi

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Jigar Moradabadi
جِگَر مُرادآبادی
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Born Sikander Ali
(1890-04-06)6 April 1890
Benares, Benares State, British India
Died 9 September 1960(1960-09-09) (aged 70)
Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Poet

Ali Sikandar, known by his nom de plume as Jigar Moradabadi (Urdu: جِگَر مُرادآبادی‎) (6 April 1890 – 9 September 1960), was an Urdu poet and ghazal writer. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award Award in 1958 for his poetry collection "Atish-e-Gul", and was the second poet (after Mohammad Iqbal) to be awarded an honorary D.Litt. by the Aligarh Muslim University.

Early life[edit]

Jigar Moradabadi's real name was Ali Sikandar.[citation needed] He was born on 6 April 1890 in Banaras.[citation needed] He received oriental education in Arabic, Persian and Urdu in Moradabad, and started to work as a travelling salesman.[1] His father died when Jigar was child and hence his childhood passed in struggle. His poetry teacher (ustad) in the early days was Rasa Rampuri.[citation needed]

Jigar moved to[when?] Gonda, near Lucknow, where he befriended Asghar Gondvi. Jigar married a sister of Gondvi's wife.[citation needed] '' He died on 9 September 1960 in Gonda.[1]


His Sufi Poem Yeh Hai Maikada Was Sung By Many Sufi Singers Like Sabri Brothers, Aziz Mian, Munni Begum & Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi . A small residential colony in Gonda city called Jigar Ganj is named after him.[citation needed] It is close to his original residence.[citation needed] An intermediate school in the city is also named after him - the Jigar Memorial Inter College. Mazar-e-Jigar Moradabadi is in Topkhana, Gonda.[citation needed]


Jigar Moradabadi belonged to the classical school of ghazal writing and was a mentor to Majrooh Sultanpuri, who became a prominent lyricist in the Indian film industry and penned many popular songs in Urdu.

He is now regarded as one of the all-time great Urdu poets.[according to whom?] Jigar was only the second poet in the history of Aligarh Muslim University to be awarded an honorary D.Litt., the first was Muhammad Iqbal.

Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the distinguished Urdu poet and academic, regarded Jigar Moradabadi as a master craftsman in his field.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Amaresh Datta (1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 1838. ISBN 978-81-260-1194-0. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "An afternoon with Faiz". The Hindu. 2011-03-06. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 

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