Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte

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Ananda Sastralaya
Sri Lanka
Coordinates 6°52′58″N 79°54′08″E / 6.88278°N 79.90222°E / 6.88278; 79.90222Coordinates: 6°52′58″N 79°54′08″E / 6.88278°N 79.90222°E / 6.88278; 79.90222
Type National

"අපපමතතා නමීයන්තී"
Appamaththa Namiyanthi
(Buddhist quote from the Apramadha

Vagga in the Dhammapada.
Meaning: "Early man never die.")
Established 1890
Principal Unknown
Grades Class 1 - 13
Gender Boys
Age range 6 to 19
Color(s) Maroon and Gold        
Affiliation Buddhist

Ananda Sastralaya is a public boys school located in Kotte, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1890 as Kotte Buddhist English Mixed School.[1] In 1952 a part of the school land was designated by the Government as an archaeological site[2] since an ancient tunnel junction erected in the 16th century was found within the school premises.[3]


As the awakening of Buddhist education system in Ceylon during the 19th century, some of the leaders in Kotte area set up a new school, Kotte Bauddha Mishra Vidyalaya (Kotte Buddhist Mixed School), on 4 November 1880. Initially the school was operated in small scale with very few facilities. On 1 January 1890 the Ven. Emulgama Wimalatissa Thera with Dayaka Sabha of Kotte Raja Maha Vihara proceeded to enhance the facilities of the school and changed the school's name to Kotte Bauddha (Buddhist) English Mixed School.[4]

The first head master of the school was C. Ranasingha (1890-1903) and D. B. Jayatilaka was the second head master during 1903 to 1905 time period. In 1910 the name of the school was changed to Jayawardena Shasthra Shalava, whilst D. J. Jayatunga (1905-1922) was the third head master.[5]

After the establishment of Buddhist Theosophical Society, Jayawardena Shasthra Shalava took over the administration of the school. The administration renamed the school, Ananda Sastralaya, and appointed the former head master of Ananda College, S. P. Perera, as the head master for the school.[4]

During the second World War the school premises was taken over by the Ceylon Army for the use as an army camp.[5] After the war, the school recommenced. Under the 1961 Parliamentary Act passed by the Government, all the educational institutes were taken under to one national system of education. Thereby all the schools managed by the Buddhist Theosophical Society were taken over to the Government. In 1971 the school was divided into two sections based on gender with the girls section shifted to Pagoda.[1]



The students of the Ananda Sastralaya are divided into four houses. These are:

  • Paravi
  • Kokila
  • Thisara
  • Mayura

An athletic tournament among these houses is held once a year at the beginning of the first term.

Sport clubs[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Lokuge, GaminiGamini Lokuge member parliament - Colombo (1989–present)
Mallawarachchi, MiltonMilton Mallawarachchi musician
Rajaratne, K. M. P.K. M. P. Rajaratne member parliament - Welimada (1956–1957, 1960–1965)
Rajaratne, KusumaKusuma Rajaratne member parliament - Welimada (1957–1960), Uva Paranagama (1960–1965)
Rohana, JayalalJayalal Rohana actor, director, scriptwriter
Devapriya, IsuraIsura Devapriya Chief Minister of Western Province (2015–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ananda Sastralaya - moving on". The Sunday Leader. 6 August 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gazette". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 10418. 27 June 1952. 
  3. ^ "Digging into the tunnelled history of Kotte". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 22 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "The History of Ananda Sastralaya". Ananda Sastralaya. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Ananda Sastralaya, Kotte - 115 years". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 1 January 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 

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