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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Nalanda College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Nalanda College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Nalanda College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Nalanda College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Nalanda College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Nalanda College.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Mahela Jayawardene and Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Nalanda College?” and “Which celebrities are Nalanda College alumni?”

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Mahinda Rajapaksa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Mahinda Rajapaksa Politician, Lawyer Percy Mahendra "Mahinda" Rajapaksa was the 6th President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, who served from 19 November 2005 to 9 January 2015. A ...more

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Gunadasa Amarasekara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Gunadasa Amarasekara Novelist, Dentist, Writer Gunadasa Amarasekera is a prominent Sinhala writer, poet, and essayist from Sri Lanka. Gunadasa Amarasekera was born in Yattalamatta in Galle District. He was educated at Mahinda College, Galle ...more

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Hudson Silva is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Hudson Silva Physician, Surgeon Deshabandu Dr F. G. Hudson Silva was the founder and president of the International Eye Bank, Tissue Bank, and the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society. He was an honorary Fellow of the College of ...more

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Jaliya Wickramasuriya is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Jaliya Wickramasuriya Businessperson, Diplomat Jaliya Wickramasuriya was an ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico. He presented his credentials to former U.S. President George W. Bush on ...more

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Maithripala Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Maithripala Senanayake Politician Maithripala Senanayake was a Sri Lankan politician and Governor of the North-Central province. He first studied at St. Joseph's College, Anuradhapura then at St. John's Jaffna, where he attained ...more

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Thilanga Sumathipala is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Thilanga Sumathipala Businessperson Uduwatuwage Janath Priya Thilanga Sumathipala MP is a Member of Parliament representing the Colombo District. He was a former member of the Western Provincial Council, Sri Lanka Freedom Party ...more

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H. L. de Silva is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
H. L. de Silva Lawyer Herman Leonard de Silva PC is a Sri Lankan lawyer and diplomat. He was the former Ambassador / Permanent Representative to United Nations. He was a former President and honorary life member of ...more

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I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla Politician Imiya Mudiyanselage Raphael Abhayawansa Iriyagolla was a Sri Lankan politician.

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Sarath Gunapala is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Sarath Gunapala Physicist, Scientist Sarath Gunapala, is a Sri Lankan solid-state physicist, Senior Research Scientist and Group Supervisor at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He works primarily in Quantum Well Infrared Photo ...more

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Chitrananda Abeysekera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Chitrananda Abeysekera Chitrananda Abeysekera was a veteran broadcaster, poet, writer and an administrator. He joined Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, then Radio Ceylon as a radio announcer and retired as the ...more

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Henry Jayasena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Henry Jayasena Actor Henry Jayasena born in Bendiyamulla, Gampaha is a Sri Lankan film actor and dramatist.

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A. S. P Liyanage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
A. S. P Liyanage Businessperson Panagoda Don Prince Solomon Anura Liyanage is the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Nigeria. He is also a Sri Lankan Businessman, the chairman and managing director of the ASP Group, a private ...more

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Siri Perera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Siri Perera Lawyer Siri Perera QC was a Buddhist leader who was one time the President of the Colombo YMBA. He was also a former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India. He was educated at Nalanda College Colombo. He ...more

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Chandana Jayarathne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Chandana Jayarathne Physicist, Scientist Prof. Chandana Jayarathne is a Sri Lankan physicist specialising in Physics. He is a Professor in Physics at University of Colombo Sri Lanka and also a past President of Institute of Physics, ...more

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Felix R. de Zoysa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Felix R. de Zoysa Businessperson Felix R. de Zoysa is the founding Chairman of Stafford Motor Company, Stafford International School and Atlas Hall in Sri Lanka. De Zoysa was the head of Auto & General Agencies who held the ...more

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T. B. Dissanayake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
T. B. Dissanayake Tikiri Banda Dissanayake PC entered the Ceylon University College and obtained a BA degree from the London University in 1930 having read Latin, Sinhala, History and Philosophy. He attended ...more

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Upawansa Yapa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Upawansa Yapa Upawansa Yapa PC was a former Solicitor General of Sri Lanka.

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Lal Dharmapriya Gamage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Lal Dharmapriya Gamage Architect Lal Dharmapriya Gamage was the former Minister Assisting Foreign Affairs. He is an Architect by profession & was educated at Nalanda College Colombo.

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Palitha Perera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Palitha Perera Palitha Perera is a well known cricket commentator and media personality in Sri Lanka. Palitha holds the distinction of having been the inaugural announcer on two Sri Lankan TV channels – ...more

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Piyadassi Maha Thera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Piyadassi Maha Thera Piyadassi Maha Thera is best known as a great preacher of the Dhamma both in Sinhala and in English and it was in this field that his popularity was foremost. He was born on 8 July 1914 at ...more

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Stanley Jayasinghe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Stanley Jayasinghe Stanley Jayasinghe is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played for Ceylon prior to the country being renamed Sri Lanka, and prior to them receiving either Test of ODI status. He was a ...more

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G. D. L. Perera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
G. D. L. Perera Screenwriter, Film Director G. D. L Perera is a Sri Lankan film director and dramatist. Perera's interest in drama began as a student at Prince College, Kotahena where he met arts patron Edwin Hewakapuge. He joined the ...more

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Hemasiri Fernando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Hemasiri Fernando Hemasiri Fernando is the current chairman of People's Bank, Sri Lanka. He was Vice President of Commonwealth Games Federation, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka and current ...more

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Vinya Ariyaratne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Vinya Ariyaratne Dr Vinya Ariyaratne is the Executive Director of Sarvodaya and also a lecturer in Community Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka. He is a Medical ...more

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Visty C. Gunathilake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Visty C. Gunathilake Visty.C.Gunathilake was the 31st Solicitor General of Sri Lanka. He was appointed on 1977, succeeding Elanga Wikramanayake, and held the office until 1981. He was succeeded by K. M. M. B. ...more

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Kuppiyawatta Bodhananda Thera is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Kuppiyawatta Bodhananda Thera Kuppiyawatta Bodhananda Thera is the founder of Mithuru Mithuro Movement in Sri Lanka. It is a center for drug rehabilitation & human values development. Venerable thero was presented with ...more

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M. J. Perera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
M. J. Perera Mapatunage James "M. J." Perera was a Sri Lankan civil servant, born on 3 February 1915 with nine members in his family in Udumulla, Padukka. He created broadcasting history by being ...more

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Prasanna Hennayaka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
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Premasara Epasinghe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Premasara Epasinghe Premasara Epasinghe is a well known cricket commentator in Sri Lanka. He has worked as the Press Secretary or the Media Consultant to many Ministers & currently is the Private Secretary ...more

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Ranil Mallawarachchi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Ranil Mallawarachchi Ranil Mallawarachchi is a popular, well-known, singer from Sri Lanka. He is the son of musician Milton Mallawarachchi. Following his fathers foot steps he shot in to fame among the young music ...more

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Sarath Ranawaka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Sarath Ranawaka Jayasiri Sarath Kumara Ranawaka was a Member of Parliament representing Kalutara district. He was educated at Nalanda College Colombo. He died on the morning of July 25, 2009 at Sri ...more

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Senesh Dissanaike Bandara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Nalanda College Alumni
Senesh Dissanaike Bandara Film Director Senesh Dissanaike Bandara සෙනේෂ් දිසානායක බණ්ඩාර is a Sri Lankan Film Director and Best Director Award Winner for the television drama genre. His first movie Aadaraneeya Wassaanaya in 2004 was ...more