List of Sri Lankan Tamils

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This is a List of Tamils of Sri Lanka by their country of domicile or origin. All communities that speak Tamil or spoke Tamil and originally came from Sri Lanka are included. Tamils of Sri Lanka today are a trans-national minority and are found across the globe. They are known by many other names including Ceylonese, Jaffnese, Eelamese and Nagas among others.[citation needed]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Academics[edit]

Activists[edit]

Actors & directors[edit]

  • Rukmani Devi - Popular film actress.
  • Roshan Ranawana-(Real Name Roshan Masilamani) - Popular film actor.
  • Chandran Rutnam - Film producer / Director
  • Richard de Zoysa- Tamil and Singhala mixed origin (Son of Manorani Sarawanamuttu) stage drama actor and Sinhala film actor brutally killed by Sri Lankan government paramilitary forces during the JVP insurrection

Sri Lankan international and first class cricketers/umpires/administrators[edit]

Other Athletes & sports people[edit]

Authors, writers, poets & artists[edit]

Business people[edit]

Diplomats[edit]

  • Yogendra Duraiswamy - First Batch of Ceylon Overseas Service - 1949.
  • Tamara Kunanayakam - Sri Lankan Ambassador to Cuba (2008-2009), Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Historical figures[edit]

Tamil historical figures who ruled the Sinhalese kingdom[edit]

Journalists & broadcasters[edit]

Lawyers & judges[edit]

Militants & rebels[edit]

Military[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Religious figures[edit]

Australia[edit]

Activists[edit]

Business people[edit]

  • Maha Sinnathamby - Renowned property developer and is the man behind Australia's largest real estate project. Frequently listed in BRW's annual list of the 200 richest Australians.

Singers[edit]

  • Kamahl (Kandiah Kamalesvaran) - Prominent singer.

Canada[edit]

Academics[edit]

Actors & directors[edit]

Athletes & sports people[edit]

Authors, writers, poets & Musicians[edit]

Business people[edit]

Journalists & broadcasters[edit]

Politicians[edit]

India[edit]

Actors & directors[edit]

Authors, writers, poets & artists[edit]

  • V. Kanakasabhai - Lawyer, historian and Dravidologist of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.

Politician[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Academics[edit]

Athletes & sports people[edit]

Authors, writers, poets & artists[edit]

  • Manicasothy Saravanamuttu - Editor of The Straits Echo in Malaya (1931–1941) credited with 'saving' Penang during Japanese invasion in 1941. He is the author of The Sara Saga.
  • Rani Manicka - Writer.

Business people[edit]

  • Vijay Eswaran - Group MD and CEO of the QI Group of companies.
  • Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam - Executive chairman of Westport. Ranked 29th in the 2007 Forbes Asia List of the 40 Richest Malaysians.
  • Ananda Krishnan – Malaysia's richest man and 62nd Richest Man in the world according to the 2009 Forbes Billionaire List.
  • Bastianpillai Paul Nicholas - the first non-British businessman who endeavoured to become one of the top bankers in the then Malaya.

Civil servants[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Academics[edit]

  • Philip Jeyaretnam – Professor of Law and Member, Public Service Commission.
  • Shan Ratnam - Prominent former Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the National University of Singapore.

Authors, writers, poets & artists[edit]

Civil Servants[edit]

Politicians[edit]

UK[edit]

Academics[edit]

  • Ganesh Sittampalam- Guinness World Record Holder as the youngest person in the UK to pass an A-Level in 1988, having been aged only nine years and four months old at the time.

Activist[edit]

Athletes & sports people[edit]


Musicians & singers[edit]

Journalists & broadcasters[edit]

USA[edit]

Academics[edit]

Business people[edit]

Musicians & singers[edit]

Politicians[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Appreciation: Brigadier R. T. Tambiah
  12. ^ Film Collection - National Film Board of Canada - Blood and Water
  13. ^ "Sivarasa Wins!". Retrieved 2008-03-08.