Sri Lankabhimanya

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Sri Lankabhimanya
Type Civilian
Country Sri Lanka
Total inductees 8

Sri Lankabhimanya (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය; Tamil: சிறீ லங்காபிமான்ய, translit. Ciṟī Laṅkāpimāṉya; The Pride of Sri Lanka) is the highest national honour of Sri Lanka awarded by the President of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government. It is the highest civil honour and is conferred upon "those who have rendered exceptionally outstanding and most distinguished service to the nation".[1] The honour can only be held by five Sri Lankans contemporaneously, and may also be conferred posthumously.[2] The honour is conventionally used as a title or prefix to the name of the person who receives the award. To date it has only been awarded eight times, since 1986. Currently, A. T. Ariyaratne and Lester James Peries hold the honour. The title is also referred to as Lankabhimanya (Pride of Lanka).

List of Sri Lankabhimanya award recipients, showing the year, field, and awarded by
Year Recipient Field President
1986 Premadasa, RanasingheRanasinghe Premadasa Politics J. R. Jayewardene
1993 Wijetunga, Dingiri BandaDingiri Banda Wijetunga Politics Ranasinghe Premadasa
2005 Clarke, Arthur CArthur C Clarke Science Chandrika Kumaratunga
2005 Kadirgamar, LakshmanLakshman Kadirgamar Politics Chandrika Kumaratunga
2007 Ariyaratne, A TA T Ariyaratne Civil Service Mahinda Rajapaksa
2007 Peries, Lester JamesLester James Peries Cinema Mahinda Rajapaksa
2007 Weeramantry, ChristopherChristopher Weeramantry Judiciary Mahinda Rajapaksa
2017 Amaradeva, W. D.W. D. Amaradeva[3] Music Maithripala Sirisena


  1. ^ Gunawardena, Charles A. (2005). Encyclopedia Of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 254. 
  2. ^ "Sri Lankabhimanya award for two distinguished Sri Lankans". Island. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Honours – 2017". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 

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