The celebrated Urdu poet Janab Jigar Jalandhri is a highly acclaimed poet of international repute who is ruling the hearts of millions of people worldwide. Janab Jigar Jalandhri, otherwise known as Dharampal Marwaha was born to Sh. Des Raj Marwaha & Smt. Kahan Devi on 22-01-1935 in the village Sarangdev of Tehsil Ajnala of Amritsar District of Punjab. The family later shifted to Jalandhar where young Jigar received the highest degree in Urdu i.e. Adeeb Fazil after Graduation and LLB. Since childhood, he was inclined towards Urdu poetry, hence became a disciple of Padam Shree Ustad Josh Malsiani in 1955 who gave him the pen name of Jigar Jalandhri.
Jigar’s books on poetry include Soz-e-Jigar (Urdu, 1972), Lakht-e-Jigar (Urdu, 1979), Khoon-e-Jigar (Urdu, 1984), Andaz-e-Jigar (Hindi Version, 1987) released by the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh in Rashtarpati Bhavan New Delhi, Dard-e-Jigar (Urdu, 1990), Gul-o-Khaar (Hindi Version, 1992), Parwaz-e-Adab (Urdu, 1992), Hamara Punjab (Urdu, 1995), Parwaz-e-Jigar (Urdu, 1998), Andaz-e-Jigar (Punjabi Version, 2000).Shiromani Sahitkar Janab Jigar Jalandhri was decorated by numerous national and international awards, prominent among which are UP Urdu Academy (1980 and 1985). All India Meer Academy (1985), First Sahir Ludhianvi Award (1986), President’s Award (1987), Rotary International Literary Award (1990), North Zone Cultural Center (1998), Punjab Rattan Award by Governor of Punjab (2000), Rotary Clubs, Jalandhar Jaycee, Chardhikala Literary Award etc. Doordarshan Delhi and Jalandhar produced a documentary on his literary works in 2000 which is being telecast from time to time.
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