Afkar Alvi is a Pakistani poet who writes poetry in both Urdu and Saraiki languages. One night, while attending a mushaira in his village, his poem about childhood caught the attention of renowned poet Makhmur Qalandari. This experience inspired Alvi to further pursue poetry and that very night, he stayed up pondering and eventually wrote a short poem titled “Meen”. From that point on, Alvi’s passion for poetry only grew stronger.
Initially, Alvi’s father was hesitant about his son’s pursuit of poetry, but eventually came around to support him. Alvi hails from a small village called Gohar in Bhakkar and his early poetry was primarily in the Saraiki language. However, he eventually gained recognition for his work in Urdu as well. His poetry is characterized by themes of pain, separation, and alienation, and effectively portrays the realities of society. Despite being from a modest background, Alvi’s work has garnered widespread appreciation.