From cheque book to lyrics, Janardhan Hajowary now spreads music


After serving in the State Bank of India for nearly four decades, Janardhan Hajowary retired from service recently. But unlike most other colleagues of his, he did not sit tight 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 its students come from economically backward families and lessons are imparted to them free of cost.

Hajowary was a popular bhajan singer in his youth although his contact with the world of music was interrupted for a while after he became a branch manager in SBI. 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 on Saturday. Inspired by his example, other officers of SBI who were having musical instruments lying idle in their houses decided to boost Hajowary’s efforts by donating those instruments to his school named “Nowagaon Sangeet Vidyalaya.”

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. Utpal Barua, former AGM SBI, proposed that printed copies of proceedings of monthly meetings be circulated to all members of SBIPA which was accepted by the house.

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 deliberated to share their experiences.

JP Saikia, former CGM Of SBI North Eastern Circle, requested the pensioners to be happy with the facilities that are available with them instead of lamenting over things that are elusive and not in hand. He said, “Pensioners of SBI are very lucky to have a forum like SBIPA that provides them a platform to meet and share ideas regularly besides involving in activities that helps the society.”

Among others who addressing the members were Ananda Buragohain, Abdul Ali, and PK Mahan. RK Sarma recited a self-composed poem titled “Mahimadanya Hobdo Moi.” Chakradhar Haloi shared his interesting story of establishing and running a “Laughing Club” in Guwahati which is rapidly growing in size.

Nurul Laskar

Nurul Laskar

Nurul Islam Laskar was born in Shillong on June 18, 1950. A University topper and gold medallist, he joined the State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer in 1972. In 1976, Laskar was awarded the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Scholarship to visit on home stay in the state of Oklahoma USA. He was conferred Honorary Citizenship of Oklahoma during this visit. Laskar served as the Chief Manager (Public Relations & Community Services Banking) at SBI Local Head Office (North Eastern Circle), Guwahati during 1994-2002. He was recipient of Loyola College Chennai’s Mother Teresa Award for outstanding Community Service in 2001. In 2002, he took voluntary retirement from SBI and served as Consulting Editor, The Sentinel (English Daily) from 2002 to 2004 and as Executive Editor, Eastern Chronicle (National English Daily) from 2009 to 2014. Around this time, Laskar set up CABSFORD PR, the first public relations agency of North East India. Laskar is the first PR practitioner of North East to get a post graduate degree in Public Relations. He teaches PR at BCMJ, Cotton University, Guwahati and conducts PR workshops at various universities and institutes as a visiting lecturer. Presently, Laskar is the Chief Adviser, Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) Guwahati Chapter and Founder Director of ‘Learning & Promoting Public Relations’ (LAP-PR), an organisation to promote the practice of PR among the youngsters of North East. Besides, he is also the Director (Corporate Communication) at University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) and Honorary Director at Tangent Public Relations Guwahati.