Born In: Pilkhuwa, Uttar Pradesh, India
Kumar Vishwas is an Indian poet, lecturer, and politician. Born into a lower-middle-class family in the town of Pilkhuwa in India, Kumar initially took up engineering as a career option. However, he soon realized he had no interest in the subject and thus switched to studying Hindi literature. He subsequently earned his master’s and PhD degrees in Hindi literature from Meerut University. He changed his name from Vishwas Kumar Sharma to Kumar Vishwas, as he wanted to remove his caste from his identity. Kumar eventually became a lecturer at the Lala Lajpat Rai College. He also participated in many poetry-related events in India and abroad. He is known for his show KV Sammelan on Aaj Tak channel. Kumar has also been associated with many social movements, such as the anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare. In 2012, he joined the political party AAP. However, over the years, he has also been dragged into several controversies and has been accused of offenses such as molestation and raising funds through illegal means. Kumar is married and has two daughters.
Also Known As: Vishwas Kumar Sharma
Spouse/Ex-: Manju Sharma
father: Chandrapal Sharma
mother: Rama Sharma
children: Agrata Vishwas, Kuhu Vishwas
Born Country: India
education: Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut (2000), Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut (1993)
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Kumar is the youngest of his parents’ six children and grew up with four brothers and a sister. His father worked as a lecturer at the R.S.S. Degree College in Pilkhuwa, and his mother was a homemaker.
He initially attended the Lala Ganga Sahay School. After completing school, he joined the Rajputana Regiment Inter College.
His father eventually pushed him into engineering. Kumar thus joined the Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College.
However, soon, Kumar realized that he was not cut out for engineering. He thus quit the engineering course and started studying Hindi literature.
He subsequently studied at the Meerut University (Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut) and completed his master’s degree in 1993 and his PhD (in Hindi literature) in 2000.
While pursuing his PhD, Kumar changed his name to “Kumar Vishwas” to disassociate his identity from his caste.
In 1994, started his career as a lecturer in Rajasthan. Following this, he started teaching Hindi literature at the Lala Lajpat Rai College.
Kumar Vishwas is known for his popular comedy show KV Sammelan, aired on the Aaj Tak channel. The show debuted on September 29, 2018.
Kumar is also known for his performances at various social events. His sound knowledge of Hindi, Sanskrit, and Urdu literature is appreciated by his fans and supporters.
He has also been part of poetry recitation events in the U.S., Singapore, Japan, Dubai, and Oman.
Kumar Vishwas has appeared as a guest judge on the Indian talent hunt show Indian Idol. He was also seen as a guest on the Zee TV kids’ music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs.
The song De De Jagah from the 2018 Hindi movie Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran was written by Kumar. He also wrote the song Veer Bhagat Singh.
Kumar was seen as a guest in an episode of The Kapil Sharma Show aired on July 1, 2017. The episode also featured renowned poet Rahat Indori and Shabinaji.
He reappeared on The Kapil Sharma Show on September 21, 2019, in an episode that also featured actors Manoj Bajpai and Pankaj Tripathi.
Kumar Vishwas hosted a musical poetry series titled Tarpan, in which he recited poems of historical poets.
Kumar is known as an expert of the Shringara-Ras (romantic) genre of poetry. Some of his noteworthy works of poetry are Ek Pagli Ladki Ke Bin (1996), Koi Deewana Kehta Hai (2007), Hothon Par Ganga Ho (2016), and Phir Meri Yaad (2019).
In 2012, he joined the Indian political party named the Aam Aadmi Party, better known as AAP, as a volunteer. He was also a member of its National Executive.
He had been acquainted with the party’s founder, Arvind Kejriwal, since 2005. Kumar had also actively supported Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in India in 2011.
In 2014, Kumar contested in the Lok Sabha election, representing AAP from Amethi, U.P. However, he lost to Rahul Gandhi, the then-incumbent, and managed to get just 25,000 votes.
Kumar Vishwas is married to Manju Sharma. The couple has two daughters, Kuhu and Agrata.
Like Kumar, Manju, too, is also a lecturer of Hindi literature. They had first met when both were in college. They got married as soon as Kumar obtained his master’s degree.
Kumar Vishwas has been dragged into a lot of controversies. Before the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections, a sting operation conducted by Media Sarkar claimed that a few AAP members, including Kumar and Shazia Ilmi, had raised funds by illegal means. Subsequently, AAP and Media Sarkar filed police complaints against each other.
Following this, an edited video clip that featured a Kavi Sammelan event was circulated. It showed Kumar making offensive remarks about Imam Hussain, Hindu gods, and nurses from Kerala. Kumar initially denied making those remarks. However, he later apologized for his comments.
In May 2015, Barkha Shukla Singh, the then-chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), accused Kumar of posting objectionable remarks against her on Twitter and sought police protection, as she had been threatened by Kumar and his supporters.
Apparently, earlier that month, Barkha had issued summons to Kumar after an AAP volunteer accused him of encouraging rumors of an affair with her and thus hampering her dignity.
In 2016, Kumar was accused of molesting and making sexually suggestive remarks against a campaign volunteer. However, there was no evidence to back the claim.
In July 2017, Kumar was dragged into copyright issues by Amitabh Bachchan. The case was related to a poem by Amitabh’s father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, which Kumar had posted on YouTube. Kumar later took the video down.
On March 23, 2019, Amritsar-based advocate NPS Hira issued a legal notice against Kumar, for making derogatory remarks about the Sikh community at an event held at the NIT ground in Faridabad on March 15, 2019.
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar is one of Kumar’s favorite poets. Kumar loves watching cricket.
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