Jigar Moradabadi

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Jigar Moradabadi
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Sikander Ali

(1890-04-06)6 April 1890
Died9 September 1960(1960-09-09) (aged 70)
Known forClassical Urdu Poetry
Notable work
Shola-e-Tuur (1937) Aatish-e-Gul (1959)
  • Syed Ali Nazar (father)
AwardsSahitya Akademi Award (1958)

Ali Sikandar, known by his nom de plume as Jigar Moradabadi (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.


He received oriental education in Arabic, Persian and Urdu in Moradabad, and started to work as a travelling salesman.[1]

Jigar moved to[when?] Gonda, near Lucknow, where he befriended Asghar Gondvi.

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


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.

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]

Jigar Fest - 2018[edit]

Progressive Foundation organized three days Jigar Fest at Moradabad in 2018, to celebrate Jigar's Birthday.

Day 1 - Mushayra by Rahat Indori, Wasim Barelvi etc
Day 2 - Kawwali Nights by Chand Qadri
Day 3 - Musical Night by Sheeba Alam

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. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2017.

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