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.
Jigar moved to Gonda, near Lucknow, where he befriended Asghar Gondvi.
He died on 9 September 1960 in 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.
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.
Jigar Fest - 2018
Progressive Foundation organized three days Jigar Fest at Moradabad in 2018, to celebrate Jigar's Birthday.