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Jigar Moradabadi
--: Biography of Jigar Moradabadi :--


Ali Sikandar or Jigar Moradabadi (1890-1960), born "Ali Sikandar" is famous Urdu ghazal writer. He took on the takhallus (nom de plume) of Jigar.
Jigar Moradabadi was born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
He belonged to the classical school of ghazal writing and was a mentor of Majrooh Sultanpuri, a famous lyricist of Indian Film Industry who penned many popular songs in Hindi/Urdu.
Jigar remained a keen drinker most of his life and was famous for his forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. His ghazals remain very popular with lovers of Urdu poetry. Many remark that the era of classical Urdu poetry ended with Jigar. Jigar won the 1958 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu for his poetry collection Atish-i-Gul. 

One of his most memorable couplets is:

"yeh ishq nahin aasaan bas itna samaj lijiye,
eik aag ka dariyaa hai aur doob ke jaana hai"


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