MASONIC JOURNEY OF
M.W. Bro. ANISH KUMAR SHARMA, OSM
M.W. THE GRAND MASTER,
GRAND LODGE OF INDIA
R.W. Bro. Anish Kumar Sharma was born on 7th January, 1949 at Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is also an eminent educationist who is actively involved in running a prominent public school in New Delhi. He was a Director of Union Bank of India as a nominee of the Government of India for a period of three years, and also in serve as director in some private companies.
R.W. Bro. Anish Kumar Sharma saw the light of Freemasonry on 10th November 1979 in Lodge Industry No.23 and adorned the Eastern Chair in the same Lodge in 1992. His dedication and zeal were noteworthy right from his formative years in Freemasonry and he was appointed active Assistant Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Northern India, a post he held from 2002 to 2004. In the year 2005, he was appointed the active Deputy Regional Grand Master. Subsequently, he held the post of the President of Regional Board of General Purposes.
t was just a matter of time before his single-minded devotion to our great Institution became well known throughout the Northern Region and a testimony to this was his election to the Board of General Purposes of Grand Lodge of India twice. In the year 2014, he was appointed the active Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India and then the Grand Treasurer from 2015 to 2017. He holds the rank of Past Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Lodge of India.
He was exalted in Royal Arch Masonry in R.A. Chapter Progress No.10 on 22nd December 1994 and was installed as the Principal Z in the same Chapter. He rose to become the active Second Regional Grand Principal in the Regional Grand Chapter of Northern India. He holds the rank of Past Second Grand Principal in the Supreme Grand Chapter of India.
He was advanced in Mark Masonry on 22nd August 1992 and was the Worshipful Mark Master of Mark Lodge Sunder Heera No.30 in the year 2000. He was elevated in R.A.M. Lodge Mount Ararat No.5 on 2nd December 1994 and was W.C.’N’ of R.A.M. Lodge Star of Delhi No.103 in 2004. He was the active Deputy Regional Grand Mark Master of the Regional Grand Mark Lodge of Northern India in the year 2006. He holds the rank of Past Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of India and the rank of Senior R.A.M. Grand Officer.
Known as a man of development who is passionate about the overall growth of all the Masonic institutions in the Northern Region, he was twice elected as the Honorary Secretary of the Masonic Fraternity of New Delhi, the body that owns and manages the sprawling Masonic Centre of India at Janpath, New Delhi. He took the initiative to carry out extensive repairs and renovation of the main Masonic Temple, banquet halls and conference rooms. It is a well-known fact among the Masons in Delhi-NCR region that The Fraternity Club located at Janpath, New Delhi would have never seen its present shape and form but for RW Bro Anish Kumar Sharma, who was elected as its President on 1st January 1996 and re-elected several times till 2013.
A man who possesses so many Masonic qualities will always practice what has always been the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason’s heart, that is Charity. He is a Governor of General Williams Masonic Polyclinic, New Delhi; Amrit Masonic Spastic Society, Noida and Northern India Masonic Charitable Society, an honour bestowed upon largest donors to these institutions.
It was but natural for MW Bro. Rajeev Ramkrishna Khandelwal, OSM to appoint such a towering Masonic personality of Northern Region as the Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Northern India. RW Bro Anish Kumar Sharma took over the reins of the Region in February 2019 and, within a year of assuming office, established the state-of-the-art Masonic Eye Centre equipped with an operation theatre on the third floor of the General Williams Masonic Polyclinic building at Janpath, New Delhi. As a true leader who rises to even greater heights during the times of crises, he utilized the time during the Covid-19 pandemic to not only carry out complete renovation and refurbishing of the Main Temple, the mini Temple and the rest of the first floor of the main building at Janpath but also the building of the Amrit Masonic School for Special Children at Noida. Construction of a new block of classrooms spread over 20,000 square feet at Masonic Public School, New Delhi is expected to begin soon.
Recognising his immense qualities, humble nature, affable personality and relentless zeal for the growth and development of our Masonic institutions, the Electoral College of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of India elected him as the Grand Master for the ensuing term 2021-24. He will assume office at the Grand Festival 2021. RW Bro Anish Kumar Sharma is married to Pratibha Sharma, who is Academic Director in a prominent public school in Delhi. They are blessed with a son W. Bro Raghav Sharma, an IT professional educated in USA and MBA from UK and an active Freemason, and daughter Mrs. Ishita Mishra, a finance professional, both of whom are well settled and happily married.
In view of the exemplary services to Freemasonry by RW Bro. Anish Kumar Sharma, MW Bro. Rajeev Ramkrishna Khandelwal, OSM, MW the Grand Master, Grand Lodge of India was pleased to confer on him coveted honour of “ ORDER OF SERVICE TO MASONRY” on dated 28th August 2021.