Popularly referred to as ‘the tear drop of India’ or ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka is an island country situated in South Asia in the Indian Ocean. The largest exporter of tea and the originator of the spice cinnamon, Sri Lanka has taken up quite an important place in the world map. The country boasts of highest literacy rate in the entire South Asia. These are some of the many interesting facts about Sri Lanka as a country. Talking about its nationals or Sri Lankans, the country has served as the address of numerous famous writers, scientists, politicians, singers, artists, restaurateurs, journalists, engineers, philanthropists and so on.
Jacqueline FernandezJacqueline Fernandez

11 August 1985

Mahinda RajapaksaMahinda Rajapaksa
(President of Sri Lanka)

18 November 1945

Sirimavo BandaranaikeSirimavo Bandaranaike
(Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

17 April 1916

Chamath PalihapitiyaChamath Palihapitiya
(Venture Capitalist)

03 September 1975

Maithripala SirisenaMaithripala Sirisena
(President of Sri Lanka)

03 September 1951

Chandrika Kumaratunga Chandrika Kumaratunga
(Fifth President of Sri Lanka)

29 June 1945

Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)

23 June 1924

Don Stephen SenanayakeD. S. Senanayake
(First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

20 October 1883

J. R. JayewardeneJ. R. Jayewardene
(Former President of Sri Lanka)

17 September 1906

Ranil WickremasingheRanil Wickremasinghe
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

24 March 1949

Kumar SangakkaraKumar Sangakkara

27 October 1977

Velupillai PrabhakaranVelupillai Prabhakaran

26 November 1954

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Lasith MalingaLasith Malinga
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

28 August 1983

Muttiah MuralitharanMuttiah Muralitharan

17 April 1972

Sanath JayasuriyaSanath Jayasuriya

30 June 1969

Tillakaratne DilshanTillakaratne Dilshan

14 October 1976

Thisara PereraThisara Perera
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

03 April 1989

Kusal PereraKusal Perera
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

17 August 1990

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Angelo MathewsAngelo Mathews

02 June 1987

Aravinda de SilvaAravinda de Silva
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

17 October 1965

Ajantha MendisAjantha Mendis
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

11 March 1985

Arjuna RanatungaArjuna Ranatunga
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

01 December 1963

Arul PragasamArul Pragasam

01 January 1940

Marvan AtapattuMarvan Atapattu
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

22 November 1970

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Kusal MendisKusal Mendis
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

02 February 1995

Anagarika DharmapalaAnagarika Dharmapala

17 September 1864

Ananda CoomaraswamyAnanda Coomaraswamy
(Art historian, Philosopher, Mythographer)

22 August 1877

Dinesh ChandimalDinesh Chandimal
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

18 November 1989

C. W. W. KannangaraC. W. W. Kannangara
(Diplomat, Politician)

13 October 1884

S. W. R. D. BandaranaikeS. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)

08 January 1899

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Dhananjaya de SilvaDhananjaya de Silva
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

06 September 1991

Suranga LakmalSuranga Lakmal
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

10 March 1987

Sarath FonsekaSarath Fonseka

18 December 1950

Akila DananjayaAkila Dananjaya
(Sri Lankan cricketer)

04 October 1993

Dharmasena PathirajaDharmasena Pathiraja
(Film director, Screenwriter)

28 March 1943

Some of the most iconic Sri Lankan role models include CWW Kannangara, an educationist who is noted as the father of free education, Dr GP Malalasekara, an orientalist of world fame, George Keyt, a foremost painter and artist, Mahela Jayawardene a cricketer and so on. Nanda Malini, a world-class singer, is credited for starting a new chapter in Sri Lankan classical music. Her outstanding talent for music has made her the most respected and idolized singers of the country. Booker prize felicitated writer and novelist Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan by birth. Find out in details about famous Sri Lankans, their life and their works through this section.