Sri Lankabhimanya

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Sri Lankabhimanya
ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය
சிறீ லங்காபிமான்ய
Awarded by
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The Government of Sri Lanka
Type Title of honor/Order of merit
Established 1981
Eligibility Sri Lankan citizens
Criteria Exceptional and distinguished service to the nation
Status Currently constituted
Statistics
First induction 1986
Last induction 2017
Total inductees 8
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) Deshamanya

Sri Lankabhimanya (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය, translit. Śrī Laṃkābhimānya; 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 country's 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 at any given time, and may also be conferred posthumously; A. T. Ariyaratne is the sole currently living recipient of the award. Since 1986, it has been awarded 8 times.[2]

The honour is conventionally used as a title or prefix to the name of the person who receives the award.

Recipients[edit]

Key
   Living recipient
   Posthumous recipient


List of Sri Lankabhimanya award recipients
# Year Recipient Field Conferred by
1 1986 Ranasinghe Premadasa
(1924–1993)
Government J. R. Jayewardene
2 1993 Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
(1916–2008)
Government Ranasinghe Premadasa
3 2005 Arthur C. Clarke
(1917–2008)
Science Chandrika Kumaratunga
4 2005 Lakshman Kadirgamar
(1932–2005)
Government Chandrika Kumaratunga
5 2007 A. T. Ariyaratne
(1931–)
Civil service Mahinda Rajapaksa
6 2007 Lester James Peries
(1919–2018)
Cinema Mahinda Rajapaksa
7 2007 Christopher Weeramantry
(1926–2017)
Law Mahinda Rajapaksa
8 2017 W. D. Amaradeva
(1927–2016)
Music Maithripala Sirisena

References[edit]

  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.

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