After serving in State Bank of India for nearly four decades, Janardhan Hajowary retired from service recently. But unlike most other colleagues, he did not sit at home. He started a music school at Nowagaon in an interior area of Garchuk on the outskirts of Guwahati. The speciality of this school is that the students come from economically backward families and lessons are imparted to them free of cost. Hajowary was a popular bhajan singer when he was young but his tryst with music was interrupted when he became a branch manager. He shared his heart-warming story with his fellow colleagues at the monthly meeting of the SBI Pensioners Association (SBIPA) held at State Bank Learning Centre Guwahati.
After hearing his story, other officers of SBI who owned musical instruments that were lying idle in their houses decided to boost Hajowary’s efforts by donating the instruments to his school named ‘Nowagaon Sangeet Vidyalaya.’
Another member, Chakradhar Haloi also shared his interesting story of establishing and running a “Laughing Club” in Guwahati which is rapidly growing in size.
Earlier, at the outset of the meeting, Bhupen Kalita, general secretary of SBIPA, apprised the members about the latest developments in the provision of medical treatment facilities and medical insurance coverage to the members of SBIPA. Three newly inducted members of the association viz Dilip Kr Bhattacharya, Subash Ch Dutta, and Pulin Ch Phukan were introduced to the audience and they shared their experiences.