Sri Lankabhimanya

Sri Lankabhimanya
Award of Sri Lanka
Type Civilian
Established 1986
Total inductees 7

Sri Lankabhimanya (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය; 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 seven times, since 1986. Currently, A. T. Ariyaratne, Lester James Peries and Christopher Weeramantry 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 Cinama Mahinda Rajapaksa
2007 Weeramantry, ChristopherChristopher Weeramantry Judiciary Mahinda Rajapaksa

See also


  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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