List of famous Sri Lankans with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous Sri Lankans
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.
Maithripala SirisenaMaithripala Sirisena
(President of Sri Lanka)

03 September 1951

Sri Lanka

Virgo

Mahinda RajapaksaMahinda Rajapaksa
(President of Sri Lanka)

18 November 1945

Weeraketiya

Scorpio

Chamath PalihapitiyaChamath Palihapitiya
(Venture Capitalist)

03 September 1975

Sri Lanka

Virgo

Sirimavo BandaranaikeSirimavo Bandaranaike
(Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

17 April 1916

10 October 2000

British Ceylon

Aries

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

20 October 1883

22 March 1952

Mirigama

Libra

Chandrika Kumaratunga Chandrika Kumaratunga
(Fifth President of Sri Lanka)

29 June 1945

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Cancer

Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)

23 June 1924

01 May 1993

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Cancer

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

17 September 1906

01 November 1996

Colombo

Virgo

Ranil WickremasingheRanil Wickremasinghe
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka)

24 March 1949

Dominion of Ceylon

Aries

Kumar SangakkaraKumar Sangakkara
(Cricketer)

27 October 1977

Matale, Sri Lanka

Scorpio

Muttiah MuralitharanMuttiah Muralitharan
(Cricketer)

17 April 1972

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Aries

Sanath JayasuriyaSanath Jayasuriya
(cricketer)

30 June 1969

Matara, Sri Lanka

Cancer

Velupillai PrabhakaranVelupillai Prabhakaran

26 November 1954

19 May 2009

Valvettithurai

Sagittarius

Arul PragasamArul Pragasam

01 January 1940

London

Capricorn

Ananda CoomaraswamyAnanda Coomaraswamy
(Art historian, Philosopher, Mythographer)

22 August 1877

09 September 1947

Colombo

Leo

Anagarika DharmapalaAnagarika Dharmapala
(Writer)

17 September 1864

29 April 1933

Colombo

Virgo

Sarath FonsekaSarath Fonseka
(Politician)

18 December 1950

Ambalangoda

Sagittarius

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

08 January 1899

26 September 1959

Colombo

Capricorn

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

13 October 1884

23 September 1969

Sri Lanka

Libra

Dharmasena PathirajaDharmasena Pathiraja
(Film director, Screenwriter)

28 March 1943

Sri Lanka

Aries

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.

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