Sri Lankabhimanya

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Sri Lankabhimanya
ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය
சிறீ லங்காபிமான்ய
Awarded by
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The Government of Sri Lanka
TypeTitle of honor/Order of merit
EligibilitySri Lankan citizens
CriteriaExceptional and distinguished service to the nation
StatusCurrently constituted
First induction1986
Last induction2017
Total inductees8
Next (higher)None
Next (lower)Deshamanya

Sri Lankabhimanya (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය, romanized: Śrī Laṃkābhimānya; Tamil: சிறீ லங்காபிமான்ய, romanized: 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.


   Living recipient
   Posthumous recipient

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


  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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