A musical prodigy from Sri Lanka who has composed over 1,000 songs for ballets, films, the stage and countless radio and TV programs. His body of work espoused melodious, lyrical, haunting songs of patriotism, beauty, faith, passion, and love, and is uniquely Sri Lankan.
Awardees who worked in Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan who founded a movement that mobilized thousands of people using the idea of voluntary service based on truth, non-violence and self-denial
A French Catholic layman who provided refuge and redirection for very poor, orphaned and handicapped boys and juvenile delinquents in Sri Lanka
Educated in the United Kingdom and Scotland, Ananda Galappatti devoted himself to addressing the psychosocial consequences of trauma caused by years of war and the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan Roman Catholic priest, author and songwriter who wrote popular books, music and songs that made Sri Lankan society aware of their heritage, and appreciative of their country’s natural beauty
A writer and artist from Sri Lanka who championed the preservation of his country’s classical art
HIGHLIGHTS In 1896, MARY RUTNAM left the country of her birth to serve a people of a different race, creed and custom. For 62 years she applied her heart, mind and her medical knowledge with sights and understanding to the problems of the Ceylonese people. Her greatest contribution has been the introduction into Ceylon of […]
Sri Lanka's renowned premier playwright and a prolific literary critic who has set new standards for Sinhalese writing
A Sri Lankan teacher who used empathy and compassion in rebuilding war-scarred and disaster-stricken lives through impassioned psychosocial support
A writer who used the power of the pen in order to uphold the public interest in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) during the country’s transition from the British colonial rule to independence.