6 April 1890
Benares, Benares State, British India
9 September 1960 (aged 70)|
Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, India
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.
Jigar Moradabadi's real name was Ali Sikandar. He was born on 6 April 1890 in Banaras. He received oriental education in Arabic, Persian and Urdu in Moradabad, and started to work as a travelling salesman. 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.
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. It is close to his original residence. An intermediate school in the city is also named after him - the Jigar Memorial Inter College. Mazar-e-Jigar Moradabadi is in Topkhana, Gonda.
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.