Jigar Moradabadi (Urdu: جِگر مُرادآبادی), was the nom de plume of Ali Sikandar (1890–1960), one of the most famous Urdu poets of the 20th century and a celebrated Urdu ghazal writer. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award Award in 1958 for his poetry collection "Atish-e-Gul".
6 April 1890
|Died||9 September 1960
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.
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.