Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne

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Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne
අනුරාධ දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න
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Diyawadana Nilame of the
Temple of the Tooth
In office
Councillor of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1962-03-22) 22 March 1962 (age 55)
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Spouse(s) Dayanganie Dullewe Wijeyeratne
(née Gunasekara)
Children Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne
Parents Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne
Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne
Residence 168 / 7, Inner Flower Road,
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politician and Entrepreneur
Religion Buddhist

Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne (Sinhala:අනුරාධ දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න) (born 22 March 1962) is a Sri Lankan politician and Entrepreneur, having been a former Member of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and former member of the United National Party National Executive Committee. He had subsequently served as the Acting Diyawadana Nilame (Chief lay Custodian) of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy on several occasions for three decades,[1] appointed by the Commissioner of Buddhist Affairs with recommendation from Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters of Siam Nikaya.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Anuradha with his elder brothers Neranjan & Mano in 1964

He was born on 22 March 1962 in Anuradhapura to a prominent political family who had been in active politics in the country for eight decades since 1931. Anuradha is the third son of Dr Nissanka Wijeyeratne and Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne and he has three brothers and a sister. They are Neranjan, Mano, Lankesh and Nishangani. His father Nissanka and grandfather, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne were prominent politicians who had become cabinet ministers. He was educated at the Royal College, Colombo.

Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne, Coordinating Secretary, Ministry of Justice with Dr. A. R. B. Amarasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Justice at UNESCO General Conference 1987 in France
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne with
President J.R Jayawardene
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne with
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike
and Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali

Political career[edit]

Wijeyeratne entered active politics from United National Party's Samavadhi Student League and also served as member of the United National Party National Executive Committee. Later he contested the Provincial Council elections in 1988 and was elected to the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council. He had also served as the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Higher Education & coordinating secretary to the Ministry of Justice. He was a member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to the UNESCO 1979 Regional Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, member of the Sri Lankan Government Delegation in 1983 for the Commonwealth Sri Lanka festival held in London, member of the Government Delegation for the 1983 International Peace Conference, Hiroshima, Japan, a member of the Sri Lanka Government Delegation to UNESCO 1985 General Conference in Sofia, member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to UNESCO 1987 General Conference in Paris, France and member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to 1993 Asia Local government Conference in Kyoto, Japan. Wijeyeratne had also served as the Chairman of Dedigama Development Planning Committee.

The marriage ceremony of Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne and Dayanganie Gunasekara in 1985. President J.R Jayawardene (left) and Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa (right) are also in the picture
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne with wife Dayanganie and daughter Yanushi
in Geneva, Switzerland



He is married to Dayanganie Gunasekara, daughter of Tudor (former minister and diplomat) and Chandra Gunasekara. Anuradha and Dayanganie have one daughter, Dr Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne (born 1986), a Cardiology Specialty Registrar in London and NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Cardiology at St George's University of London.[4][5][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Former Diyawadana Nilame. Daily News, Retrieved on 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ WIJEYERATNE – Family
  3. ^ RATWATTA – Family
  4. ^ Abnormal heart rhythms and health. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ Research Gate.
  6. ^ Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Adults. Daily News, Retrieved on 11 March 2013.
  7. ^ Blocking a heart block. Daily News, Retrieved on 4 July 2016.