T. B. Ilangaratne
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Tikiri Bandara Ilangaratne
|Minister of Finance|
29 May 1963 – 10 June 1964
|Prime Minister||Sirimavo Bandaranaike|
|Preceded by||P. B. G. Kalugalla|
|Succeeded by||N. M. Perera|
|Born||27 February 1913|
|Died||21 May 1992 (aged 79)|
|Political party||Sri Lanka Freedom Party|
|Spouse(s)||Tamara Kumari née Aludeniya|
|Children||Sandhya, Rohana, Upeksha, Udaya|
|Alma mater||Galagedera Vidyalaya, Galagedera, |
St. Anthony's College, Kandy
|Occupation||politician, author, dramatist, actor|
Tikiri Bandara Ilangaratne (27 February 1913 – 21 May 1992) was a Sri Lankan politician, author, dramatist, and theater actor he was Member of Parliament for Kandy, Galaha, Hewaheta and Kolonnawa in Colombo district. He served as the Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of Labour, Housing,Social Services, Finance,Commerce, Food, Trade and Shipping and in other government positions in a career spanning three decades. He was the mastermind behind the Employees' Provident Fund, Petroleum and insurance corporations and the People's Bank (Sri Lanka) in Sri Lanka while in office. As a writer, Ilangaratne is best known for writing Amba Yahaluwo (1957), a popular children's novel.
Life and career
Ilangaratne was born on 27 February 1913 in Tumpane, Hataraliyadda,Waligodapola, Sri Lanka. He began attending school in 1917 at Galagedera Vidyalaya  and received his secondary education from St. Anthony's College. Ilangaratne wrote three plays while in school (Akikaru Putha, Himin Himin and Anda Nanda).
Ilangaratne left school after passing the London matriculation exam upon which he opted not to further his studies in London but to serve the common man and started working as a clerical officer in the government. In 1941, he tried his hands at acting playing King Dhatusena in the play of the same name by Gunasila Witanansa. On September 4, 1944, Ilangaratne married Tamara Kumari Aludeniya in Gampola. His wife was elected as the member for Kandy (1949-1952) and Galagedara.
In 1947, Ilangaratne left his post as clerical officer and ran successfully as an independent socialist candidate for the Kandy Parliament. He was sworn in on May 18, 1948 beginning a three-decade long career in the Sri Lankan government. While in office, Ilangaratne helped create the Employee's Provident Fund, the National Bank, and Labor day in Sri Lanka among other things. In 1974 he served as acting prime minister. Ilangaratne retired from politics on April 12, 1986.
- Amba Yahaluwo
- Nodaruwo saha daruwo
- Mangala Poruwa
- Delowa sihina
- Yugayaka Gamana
- Asitha saha winitha
- Thilaka Ha Thilaka
- "Stranger than fiction". Daily News. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
- "T. B. Ilangaratne: Celebrating Kandyan middle-class life". Daily News. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
- "T. B. Ilangaratne". Rupavahini. 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2007.