Jigar Moradabadi was the nom de plume of Ali Sikandar, one of the most famous Urdu poets of the 20th century and a celebrated Urdu ghazal writer. 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 extremely popular with the masses, who regarded him as the People’s Poet. Jigar Moradabadi has become even more popular since his death, as his poetry continues to gain ever more admirers, particularly among film-goers, who are familiar with his lyrics. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1958 for his highly acclaimed poetry collection “Atish-i-Gul”.
Jigar Moradabadi is closely associated with the legends of Bhopal. He came to Bhopal in the year 1932.
The reign was of Nawab Hamidullah. During those days, general people of Bhopal kept themselves entertained by organizing sessions of Charbait (a form of musical recital competition of Afgan origin) or games of cards or chess.
With arrival of Jigar Moradabadi, mushairas became the hottest events in Bhopal due to his popularity and fan following.