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 (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.[citation needed]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Academics[edit]

Activists[edit]

Actors and directors[edit]

  • Richard de Zoysa - stage drama actor and Sinhala film actor brutally killed by Sri Lankan government paramilitary forces during the JVP insurrection; of Tamil and Singhala mixed origin; son of Manorani Sarawanamuttu
  • Rukmani Devi - popular film actress
  • Roshan Ranawana (real name Roshan Masilamani) - popular film actor
  • Chandran Rutnam - film producer / director

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

Other athletes and sports people[edit]

  • Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam - high jumper; v Olympic Games and Asian Games; winner of Ceylon's first gold medal in international track and field competition (high jump, 1958 Asian Games)
  • Suresh Joachim - Suresh Joachim Arulanantham is a Tamil Canadian film actor, producer, and multiple-Guinness World Record holder who has broken more than 60 world records[1] set in several countries in attempts to benefit underprivileged children around the world.

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Authors, writers, poets and 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 and broadcasters[edit]

Lawyers and judges[edit]

Militants and rebels[edit]

Military[edit]

  • Air Vice Marshal P.B. Premachandra - former Air Vice Marshal, Sri Lanka Air Force
  • Air Vice Marshal Ravi Arunthavanathan - former Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Air Force and current Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence
  • Major General Y. Balaretnarajah, Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya, Uttama Seva Padakkama, National Defence College, India, Sri Lanka Armoured Corps - Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army (1992-1992)
  • Rear Admiral Rajan Kadiragamar, Royal Victorian Order, Royal Ceylon Navy - former Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
  • Air Vice Marshal A. Kumaresan, Rana Sura Padakkama, Uttama Seva Padakkama, Psc (British Army), Sri Lanka Air Force - current Director of Planning, Sri Lanka Air Force
  • Major General Anton Muttukumaru, OBE, Efficiency Decoration; Aide-de-camp, Ceylon Light Infantry; first Ceylonese Commander of the Sri Lanka Army
  • Major General E. G. Thevanayagam, Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya - Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (1984–1986)
  • Major General Chelliah Thurairaja, Uttama Seva Padakkama, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps - former Director Army Medical Services and Colonel Commandant Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps

Politicians[edit]

Religious figures[edit]

Australia[edit]

Activists[edit]

Business people[edit]

  • Jitto Arulampalam - Chairman of Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited and Euro Petroleum Limited; Australian Financial Review MIS Magazine 2006 recognized him as one of the "top 25 global rising stars"[7]
  • Maha Sinnathamby - property developer; 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) - singer

Canada[edit]

Academics[edit]

Actors and directors[edit]

Athletes and sports people[edit]

Authors, writers, poets and musicians[edit]

Business people[edit]

Journalists and broadcasters[edit]

Politicians[edit]

India[edit]

Actors and directors[edit]

Authors, writers, poets and artists[edit]

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

Politicians[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Academics[edit]

Athletes and sports people[edit]

Authors, writers, poets and artists[edit]

  • Rani Manicka - writer
  • Manicasothy Saravanamuttu - editor of The Straits Echo in Malaya (1931–1941); credited with 'saving' Penang during Japanese invasion in 1941; author of The Sara Saga

Business people[edit]

  • Vijay Eswaran - Group MD; 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; member of Public Service Commission
  • Shan Ratnam - former Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the National University of Singapore

Authors, writers, poets and 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, aged only nine years and four months old at the time

Activists[edit]

Athletes and sports people[edit]

Musicians and singers[edit]

  • Arjun
  • (M.I.A.) (Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) - British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer

Journalists and broadcasters[edit]

USA[edit]

Academics[edit]

Business people[edit]

Musicians and singers[edit]

Politicians[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: From Geology to philosophia perennis
  2. ^ Kunarasa, K. The Jaffna Dynasty, pp.82-84
  3. ^ Gnanaprakasar, S. A critical history of Jaffna, pp.113-117
  4. ^ Abeysinghe, T. Jaffna Under the Portuguese, pp.58-63
  5. ^ Gnanaprakasar, S. A critical history of Jaffna, pp.153-172
  6. ^ Army, Sri Lanka (October 1999). Sri Lanka Army, "50 YEARS ON" - 1949-1999 (1st ed.). Colombo: Sri Lanka Army. ISBN 955-8089-02-8. 
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Film Collection - National Film Board of Canada - Blood and Water
  9. ^ "Sivarasa Wins!". Retrieved 2008-03-08.