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List of famous alumni from Nalanda College Colombo, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Nalanda College Colombo include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Nalanda College Colombo alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Nalanda College Colombo 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 Colombo.

List includes Mahela Jayawardene, Mahinda Rajapaksa and more.

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

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Mahela Jayawardene is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Cricketer Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene, is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He was a specialist ...more

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Mahinda Rajapaksa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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) 3 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Anura Priyadharshana Yapa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Lawyer Anura Priyadharshana Yapa MP is the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He was also Sri Lanka's former Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and a Member of Parliament representing the ...more

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Nimal Siripala de Silva is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Lawyer Nilenthi Nimal Siripala de Silva MP is current opposition leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and a Member of Parliament representing the Badulla District He is Lawyer a by profession & was ...more

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Hudson Silva is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Chandima Weerakkody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Lawyer Chandima Weerakkody MP is a Member of Parliament representing the Galle District. He is also the Deputy Speaker of current parliament in Sri Lanka. He is a Lawyer by profession & was ...more

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Maithripala Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Jaliya Wickramasuriya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Athula Wijesinghe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Lawyer Athula Wijesinghe is the Sri Lanka's Chief Minister of North Western Province. He is a Lawyer by profession & was educated at Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Nalanda College Colombo.

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I. M. R. A. Iriyagolla is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Politician Imiya Mudiyanselage Raphael Abhayawansa Iriyagolla was a Sri Lankan politician.

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Thilanga Sumathipala is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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) 13 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Sarath Gunapala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Pradeep Nilanga Dela is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Pradeep Nilanga Dela Pradeep Nilanga Dela is the present Diyawadana Nilame or Chief Custodian of Sri Dalada Maligawa and 19th Diyawadana Nilame. He acted as the Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya ...more

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Henry Jayasena is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Actor Henry Jayasena born in Bendiyamulla, Gampaha is a Sri Lankan film actor and dramatist.

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Chitrananda Abeysekera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Dhamma Jagoda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Dhamma Jagoda was the first Head of the Drama Unit at the National Television channel Rupavahini Corporation in Sri Lanka. He was a pioneer theater and television play director and actor In Sri ...more

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Lal Dharmapriya Gamage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Abhaya Induruwa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Abhaya Induruwa Professor Abhaya Induruwa is the inaugural Professor V K Samaranayake Endowed Professor of Computing, University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka. Currently he also serves as the Program Director ...more

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A. S. P Liyanage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Nirmala Kotalawala is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Nirmala Kotalawala Nirmala Kotalawala MP was Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Highways and a Member of Parliament representing the Kalutara District. He was a student at Nalanda College Colombo. In 1997 he was ...more

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Nandadasa Kodagoda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Professor Deshabandu Professor Nandadasa Kodagoda MRCP, MD was the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo. He was graduated as a doctor in 1956 and initially worked for government hospitals ...more

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Chandana Jayarathne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Palitha Perera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Dharmasena Attygalle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Dharmasena Attygalle Physician Dr Dharmasena Attygalle was a MP in Sri Lanka's parliament from 1972 to 1983. He was Deputy Minister of Health and Minister of Indigenous Medicine representing the Kesbewa seat. He was appointed ...more

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Karunaratne Abeysekera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Poet, Songwriter, Screenwriter Kurunaratne Abeysekera was a screenwriter, songwriter, poet and radio personality.

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Dingiri Bandara Welagedara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Dingiri Banda Welagedera also known as D. B. Welagedera was the Minister of Plan Implementation and a former Member of Parliament representing Kurunegala District. Welagedera served as the 1st ...more

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H. D. Gunawardhana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
H. D. Gunawardhana Professor [Hettipathirannehelage Dasarathasiri Gunawardhana is a Senior Professor of Chemistry at University of Colombo.

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Felix R. de Zoysa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Asoka Karunaratne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Asoka Karunaratne N. H. Asoka Mahanama Karunaratne was a Sri Lankan politician and philanthropist. As Cabinet Minister of Social Services, he dedicated most of his life to empowering the underprivileged people in ...more

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Gamini Jayawickrama Perera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Mallawa Arachchige Gamini Jayawickrama Perera is Sri Lanka's Cabinet Minister of Food Protection and Member of Parliament representing Kurunegala District. He is the Chairman of United National ...more

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M. D. Banda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
M. D. Banda Mohottalage Dingiri Banda was a former Cabinet Minister and ex Member of Parliament. He was the minister of Food, Commerce and Trade in 1960 & was also the minister of Agriculture and Food ...more

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Siri Perera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Piyadassi Maha Thera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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) 36 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Wilfred Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Wilfred Senanayake Wilfred Senanayake former MP representing the electorate of Homagama. He was educated at Nalanda College Colombo. Unbeknownst to his parents, he joined the Army. He joined the Lanka Sama Samaja ...more

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T. B. Dissanayake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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) 39 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Upawansa Yapa Upawansa Yapa PC was a former Solicitor General of Sri Lanka.

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Vinya Ariyaratne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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) 41 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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B. D. Rampala is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
B. D. Rampala Bamunusinghearachchige Don Rampala, MBE was Chief Mechanical Engineer and later general manager of Sri Lanka Railways. He was the first native Sri Lankan to hold the post of Chief Mechanical ...more

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Pathmajeewa Ganepola is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Pathmajeewa Ganepola Surgeon Professor Pathmajeewa Ganepola MRCP, MD is a Sri Lankan born Professor attached to Columbia University New York City, USA. He is also the Medical Director of The Center for Cancer Research and ...more

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Premasara Epasinghe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Kumaradasa Rajasuriya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Kumaradasa Rajasuriya Professor Professor Kumaradasa Rajasuriya was the former Professor of Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. He is a product of Nalanda College ...more

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Ranil Mallawarachchi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo 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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Weerasinghe de Silva is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Weerasinghe de Silva Lawyer Weerasinghe de Silva is a Sri Lankan politician and a former MP representing the seat of Balapitiya. Then he entered the Law College and passed out as a senior Counsellor. In 1970, he contested ...more

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Ranjith Premalal De Silva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Ranjith Premalal De Silva Professor Professor Ranjith Premalal De Silva is Vice Chancellor of the Uva Wellassa University. He is an eminent scientist in Sri Lanka and is the Professor of Agricultural Engineering of the University ...more

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Sarath Ranawaka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
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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Chandra Embuldeniya is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Nalanda College Colombo Alumni
Chandra Embuldeniya Chandra Embuldeniya is the Vice Chancellor, Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka the first all entrepreneurial national university in Sri Lanka. The theme of the university is value addition to ...more