Mythical Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka - I know who is going to chase behind this but who cares Picture shows how educated some of them are ...............

  • 26 Feb 2011 17:54:23 GMT

    [The Concept of Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka is evidently a myth]

    of course it is a myth . I mean if there was any visible Tamil kingdom at that time do you thing the ` Sudda` would not notice it? when they handed over power of the entire island to the Majority Sinhalese in the south ???

  • 26 Feb 2011 19:43:21 GMT

    Amigo....now you are going to get Thiviya all upset and she will come with another `history` lesson.....LOL!

  • 26 Feb 2011 20:38:45 GMT

    It is our fault when we refused to give the Tamils their rights just after the Independence, the only second largest ethnic group after us gained nothing after the independence. No wonder they took to arms to win over us but defeated by the majority of us. Where did it go wrong? SWRD started his smearing campaign against Tamils in 1956 to come to power and he succeeded under the name of NATIONALISTS! SWRD was a Christian and became a Buddhist just to win the trust and heart of the Buddhists in our country. Prior to that he had his ancestors came from India and had names like Pandaram family who was Hindu Tamils. Nayaham Pandaram became in Ceylon as Bandaranayake, they simply converted to Christianity in India and then became Buddhists in Ceylon and renamed to Bandaranayake with one thing in mind, POWER! Google and check for yourself of our national father (who was a Tamil) and where he came from.

    We worshiped this fellow yet he had Tamil connections back in India, see how foolish and dumb we Sinhalese are talking about patriotism and nationalism, still a Tamil who made us to become a patriotic and now we are having the same Tamils as patsies for every single mistake we make on our selves. You cannot change histories to suite your needs but to learn and change or adopt accordingly.

  • 26 Feb 2011 20:42:51 GMT

    Nilaperumal aka Kalukapuge - Family #1001

    Bandaranaike family tree

    1 Nilaperumal aka Kalukapuge, b: circa 1590, High Priest (Kapurala) of Nawagomuwe Dewale

    2 Mohotti Appuhami b:1625, (It may be assumed that during the Dutch period. (1658-1796), they would have chosen to take Western Christian names and also changed their religion from Buddhism to Christianity). Mohotti Appuhamy by Sannas Ola of 11th Feb 1664, received 6 Amunas of field in Nawagamuwa from the Dissawe P Dupont.

    3 Domingo Dias Bandaranaike (Mudaliyar), b:circa 1660 d:1733 + Dona Dominga, d:1723

    4 Dona Dinesia Dias Bandaranaike bp:17 Mar 1700 settled in Kandy

    4 Dona Louisa Dias Bandaranaike, bp:14/12/1701 + Don Simon de Livera m:15/8/1716 at Yala (3109)

    5 Don Balthazar de Livera Wijewickrema Seneviratne, Mudaliyar Hewagam Korale. Atapattu Mudaliyar in 1739. Received medal from Governor Fredrick North for good services in 1803, + Dona Catherina Perera, m:1778

    6 Johanna Petrenella de Livera b:1780 + Don Solomon Dias Bandaranaike

    6 Christina Louisa de Livera b:1782

    6 Justina Monika de Livera b:1786 + Abraham Petrus Dias Bandaranaike

    6 Nicholas Johannes de Livera b:1788

    6 [12] Simon de Livera b:1779 + [13] Elizebeth Dias Bandaranaike (d/o Don Alexander Dias Bandaranaike), (Grand daughter of Don Francisco Dias Bandaranaike b:1720 Mudaliyar), (Francisco Bandaranaike is the great great great grand father of SWRD Bandaranaike)

    7 [10] Cornelius de Livera (b:1808) + [11] Isabella Dias Bandaranaike

    8 James de Livera (lawyer) + Fredricka

    9 Violet de Livera

    9 Jane de Livera

    9 Ella de Livera

    9 Carita de Livera

    9 Edmund de Livera, (wrote the St.Thomas s College, College Song)

    9 Ronald de Livera

    10 Ronnie de Livera + Chandrani

    11 Gehan de Livera(NZ) + Malkanthi Samarakkody (two children) (3118)

    11 Nelun de Livera + Edward Perera (2 children)

    11 Shirani de Livera + Ananda Wettasinghe (2 children)

    11 Ranil de Livera + Anusha (one child)

    9 Percy de Livera

    10 Oscar de Livera (STC Mt Lavinia) (Was Ambassador to Pakistan 1985)

    10 Michael de Livera

    10 Fred de Livera.

    10 Audrey de Livera.

    10 Bertie de Livera.

    10 Jim de Livera.

    10 Norman de Livera.

    10 Yvonne de Livera.

    9 Godwin de Livera (1876-1921)Revenue officer + Charlot Samarakkody daughter of Mudaliyar Samarakkody. (3118)

    10 Zizka de Livera died 1974

    10 Ivy de Livera.died 19710

    10 Iole de Livera + Solomn Samarakkody (Lawyer) (3118)

    11 Srikumar Samarakkody (STC Mt Lavinia) (Doctor)+ no children.

    11 Srivanka Samarakkody(STC Mt Lavinia) + Welgedera two children.

    11 Rajan Samarakkody(STC Mt Lavinia) + 3 children.

    11 Indrajith Samarakkody (STC Mt Lavinia) + 2 children.

    11 Rohini Samarakkody unmarried

    11 Sriyani Samarakkody + Gamini Jayaweera one child

    11 Malkanthi Samarakkody + Gehan de Livera, two children

    11 Suvendrini Samarakkody

    10 Vaughn de Livera.1917-2003 (STC Mt Lavinia) + Chandra Pieris Deraniyagala.

    11 Gayan de Livera (STC Mt Lavinia) died unmarried

    11 Yasmin de Livera + Ramesh Abeysekera

    12 Jehan Abeysekera

    12 Yohan Abeysekera

    10 Louis Charles de Livera (Carl) (STC Mt Lavinia) Lawyer (1919-1969) + Gertrude Seneviratne (Eng.Inst.Kel.Uni) b:1931 (3108)

    11 Sunil de Livera (STC Mt Lavnia) Musicion died unmarried

    11 Jagath Manjula de Livera (STC Mt Lavinia), b:1960, (Accountant/Deputy Chief Internal Auditor Urban Development Authority Sri Lanka, 1985-2005), migrated to Melbourne Australia in 2006 + Lakshmi Aulanandam (Lawyer) (5030)

    12 Rahul de Livera b:1994 (Aus)

    12 Shruti de Livera b:2001(Aus)

    11 Lankika de Livera, Journalist b:1964 + Prasanna Panditharatne.

    12 Kusan Panditharatne, b:1995 (STC Kollupitiya)

    11 2hd spouse of Lankika Erandathi de Livera + Sri Srikumar (Accountant) STC Mt Lavinia

    6 2nd spouse of Simon de Livera b:1779 + Dona Florentina Abeysinghe

    7 Fredrick de Livera, b:1813)

    4 Don Balthazar Wijewickrema Dias Bandaranaike bp:21/3/1707, Mudliyar of Atapattu Dias Bandaranaike + Hettimullage Johanna Dias of Galkissa, m:4 Mar 1731

    5 David Balthazar Dias Bandaranaike, b:4/5/1738 + Dona Maria of Panadura on 28/10/1753 and died in 1754

    5 PhilomelaDias Bandaranaike (Philomena?) Dias Bandaranaike, b:8 Apr 1742 died April 1746

    4 Francina Dias Bandaranaike bp:1710 + Alexander Abeykoon. Mudliyar Siyane Korale, m:Apr 4 1726

    4 Goosman Appuhamy, settled in the Kandyan territory

    3 Corale

    4 Theodoris bap 2 Mar 1714

    4 Constantino + Ana Coere, m: 15 May 1728

    5 Johanna bp:7 Apr 1731

    5 Adriana bp:4 Mar 1730, married at Kelaniya

    5 Bearnado bp:17 Aug 1738 + Dona Phillipa, m:2 Dec 1759

    5 Simona

    4 Don Francisco Dias Wijetunga Bandaranaike, b:1720 Mudaliyar Hewagam Korale. He fled to Kandy in 1760 to join the Singhalese,in the struggle between the Dutch and the Kandyan King, and was rewarded with Mudaliyar for four Pattus. + Dona Maria Perera, b:1722

    5 Dominga Dias Bandaranaike bp:6 Dec 1740 + Pascol de Livera Wirekon of Kelaniya

    5 2nd spouse of Dominga Dias Bandaranaike bp:1740 + Samanakkody Mudaliyar

    6 so

    6 son

    6 daughter

    5 Jacob Dias Bandaranaike, bap 25th August 1758

    5 Madalena bp:8 Dec 1740 + Solomon de Livera Wirekon of Kelanoiya, m:15th Sep 1758

    5 2nd spouse of Madalena bp:8 Dec 1740 + Paules Perera Ekanayake (Mudliyar)

    6 daughter

    5 Johanna bp:23 Jun 1744 + Hettimulle Guneratne Mudiyansalage Don Hendrick Appuhamy, m:17 Sep 1766

    6 Name Not Known

    6 Name Not known

    5 Conrad Pieter Dias Wijewardena Bandaranaike (Maha Mudliyar) Hina Corale bp:26/7/1747, Maha Mudliyar had received 3 Gold medals-(one for quelling a rebellion, another for planting a Cinnamon Garden and another for cutting a canal) + Louisa Atapattu Ekanayake b:1753, (d/o Don Phillip Jeronymus Atapattu), m:4 Dec 1768

    6 Don David Dias Bandaranaike + Juliana Sophiya De Saram Wanigasekera Ekanaike (3126)

    7 Christina Pietronella Dias Bandaranaike, bp:29th Oct 1789 + Fonseka Samarakkody Mudaliyar (3118)

    8 Daughter (m 1800) + Samuel Amarasekera (3068)

    9 Daughter + Adirian Dias Bandaranayaka, Malwana (1001)

    9 Daughter + Carolis Livera, Muhandiram Kalutara

    9 Daughter + P Gunatilaka, Muhandiram Lockgate Colombo

    10 Robert Gunatilaka, President Pasdum Korale

    7 Carlo Dias Bandaranaike

    6 Maria Dias Bandaranaike + J W Dias Abeysinghe Mohottiar

    6 Abraham Petrus Dias Bandaranaike + Justina Monika de Livera, (d/o Balthazar de Livera), m:1809

    6 Cornelis Dias Bandaranaike b:1770, d:1869 + Henrietta Samarakoon (d/o Simon Samarakoon Mudaliyar)

    6 Corneliya Bandaranaike + Jehan Phillipsz MM

    7 Phillipz Gysbertus Panditharatne Mohandiram + Florentina Dias Abeysinghe (d of JW Dias Abeysinghe)

    7 2nd spouse of Phillipz Gysbertus Panditharatne Mohandiram + Angenitta Catherina (d/o Perera Ekanayake Mudaliyar)

    7 Gertruda Phillipsz + John Dias Bandaranaike Mohandiram

    7 John Leonard Wijekoon Panditharatne Phillipsz Mudaliyar + Susana Illangakoon (d of Don David Illangakoon Maha Mudaliyar)

    7 daughter Philipsz + Johannes Jacaobus de Saram Wijesekera Mudaliyar

    6 Don Johannes Fransiscus Dias Bandaranayake (Mudaliyar), b:13 Dec 1789-d:21 Jul 1862 + Frederica Agenitta Catherina de Saram (daughter of Louis de Saram, 2nd Maha Mudaliyar & Leanora Phillipsz Mohandiram), b:1 Mar 1800, m:11-Jun-1815. (3126)

    7 Johanna Louisa Dias Bandaranayake b:12-Dec-1820 + John Martinus Paulus Pieris, Mudaliyar, m:Nov-1851 (1005)

    8 William Pieris

    8 Rosalyn Pieris

    8 Harry Pieris

    8 Elizebeth Pieris

    8 Lydia Pieris

    8 Felicia Pieris

    8 [14] John Louis Pieris, b:1852, brother of Sir Paul Pieris + [15] Florence Elisa Bandaranaike, b:circa 1865

    8 [23] Sir Paul E Pieris, b:1853, educated at STC Mt Lavinia, Writer of Sinhala books and Historian, (He wrote the book Sinhalese families which was published in 1911.) + [24] Lady Hilda Obeyesekere

    9 Paules Edward Pieris Deraniyagala 1900-1976 Director Museum, (Scientist,Zoologist) + Prini Molamure (3117), m:28-Jun-1934

    10 Paulus Arjun Mayadun Deraniyagala

    10 Ranil Yudisthira Deraniyaga

    10 Siran Upendra Deraniyagala

    10 Isanth Deraniyagala

    9 Justin Pieris Deraniyagala

    9 Ralph St Louis Pieris Deraniyagala + Ezlyn Obeyesekere

    10 Ralph Deraniyagala (Bando) + Indrani Nugara

    11 Arubind Deraniyagala

    9 Miriam Pieris Deraniyagala 1908-1999 + Robert de Saram (s/o F R de Saram) (3126)

    10 Skanda Ajith de Saram + Sharadha Manorama Muthu Krishna (7010)

    11 Tesalia de Saram

    11 Sergei Ishviyan de Saram

    10 Rohan de Saram (Cello) + Rosemary de Saram

    11 Sophia de Saram

    11 Suren de Saram

    10 Druvi de Saram (Piano) + Sharmini de Fonseka

    11 Mandhira de Saram

    11 Radhika de Saram

    10 Niloo de Saram + Desmond Fernando

    11 Jeevani Fernando

    10 2nd spouse of Niloo de Saram + Jehan Edwards

    8 David George Pieris Deraniyagala + Enid Muriel Dias Bandaranaike (1001)

    9 Sumana Pieris

    9 Mallika Pieris

    9 Indrani Pieris

    9 Merrick Pieris

    9 [2] Chandra Pieris Deraniyagala + [1] Vaughn de Livera (3109) (STC Mt Lavinia)

    10 [3] Gayan de Livera (STC Mt Lavinia) died unmarried

    10 [4] Yasmin de Livera + [5] Ramesh Abeysekera

    11 [6] Jehan Abeysekera

    11 [7] Yohan Abeysekera

    7 Conrad (Peter) Petrus Dias Wijewardena Bandaranaike (Maha Mudliyar), b:1827. Received medal from Governor Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon for the period 1883-1890 (for friendship and assistance rendered) + De Saram

    8 son

    8 son

    8 son

    8 son

    8 son

    8 Franciscus Dias Bandaranaike, b: 1862, He was educated at Royal College and St Thomas`s College. He + in 1902 Somawathi (daughter of Keppetipola Rate Mahatmaya of Matale). He managed the estates. Ref: 20th Century impressions of Ceylon page 525 of Arnold Wright

    8 [15] Florence Elisa Bandaranaike, b:circa 1865 + [14] John Louis Pieris, b:1852, brother of Sir Paul Pieris

    6 Isabella Bandaranaike + Paules Ekanayake, Mudliyar Siyane Korale

    6 Jacabus (Jacobus?) Dias Wijewardena Bandaranaike, b:1780, (Mudaliyar of Governor Gate & Translator of Supreme Court), d:1866 + Liyanage Catherine Philipsz Panditharatne, m:1806, (d/o of Phillip Philipsz Wijekoon Panditharatne, Maha Mudaliyar and Chief interpreter, & Dona Leonara)

    7 Henry Dias Bandaranaike (Sir Harry), 1822-1901, Judge, Supreme Court. Member of Legislative Council, died unmarried. Born:22-Aug-1822. Education under Rev. Canon Dias, Royal Academy, Kings College (London). First Sri Lankan Barrister at Law. Member LC 1861-1864. Represented Ceylon at the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Awarded Gold Medal. First Ceylonese to act for C.J.Morgan 1879, 1888. Called to the Bar, Middle Temple, 1848. First Sinhala Judge of the Supreme Court 1885-1892. Knighted 1893. Died:24-Jun-1901

    7 John Charles Dias Bandaranaike + Fanny de Saram

    7 Catherine Cecilia Dias Bandaranaike, b:1821 + Gooneratne

    8 E R J Gooneratne, b:1845, educated at STC Mt Lavinia, Translator, later in 1896 became Mudaliyar, Joined govt service in 1865 as translator in Galle Kachcherie. Held the post of Asst.to AGA Matara.Police Magistrate Balapitiya. Registrar of Lands Galle.Retired in 1897 after 32 yrs of service. In 1883, in recognition of his services he was appointed Mudaliyar. In 1897, participated in Jubilee Celebrations in England, and was presented to Queen Victoria and the King. He owned several plantations in Galle,Matara and Hambantota. Translator later in 1883 became Mudaliyar. + daughter of Mudaliyar J V Illangakoon in 1873.

    8 2nd spouse of E R J Gooneratne, b:1845, educated at STC Mt Lavinia, Translator, later in 1896 became Mudaliyar, + Ms Tillakaratne

    (He has 3 sons and 2 daughters)

    7 Florence Dias Bandaranaike + James de Alwis

    8 [16] Annie Lucy (Florence) de Alwis, 1864-1920 + [17] Felix Reginold Dias Bandaranaike, m:Apr 1890, b:26-Jul-1861, d:30-Jan-1947, educated at St Thomas` College & Royal College (Colombo Academy), Went to England in 1882. Graduated from Cambridge and obtained BA, LLB. Later received the degrees of MA and LLM. Returned to Ceylon in 1888 and became advocate of local bar. Later became Police Magistrate. In 1897 he became District Judge Colombo. m:14-Apr-1890

    9 Reginald Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Dr. (Bunny) b:17-Jan-1891, d:26-Oct-1951 + (1) Princess De Livera (3109)

    10 Michael Dias Bandaranaike + Norah Hunter-Crabbe (UK)

    11 Alison Dias Bandaranaike + Wolfram Koch (Austria)

    11 Julia Dias Bandaranaike + Stuard Orford

    12 Name Not Known

    9 2nd spouse of Reginald Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Dr. (Bunny) b:17-Jan-1891, d:26-Oct-1951 + Freda Dias Abeysinghe

    10 Christine Manel Dias Bandaranaike 1928-1967 + David Blackler

    10 Felix Dias Bandaranaike, b:5-Nov-1930, d:26-Jun-1985 (Minister of Public Administration,Local Govt,Home Affairs& Justice 1970-77) + Muthulakshmi Jayasundera

    11 Christine Wickremanayake

    9 Annette Lena Dias Bandaranaike, 1894-1982 + Roland William Ilangakoon, First Sinhalese Attorney General, m:1914 (see pics below)

    10 Hope Ilangakoon + Quintus Tennekoon

    11 Nirmalie Serena Tennekoon (died 198?)

    11 Deepthi Christine Tennekoon + Palitha Senanayake

    10 Nannette Christine Ilangakoon, d:Aug 5 2006 in Australia + Lyn (ECG) Wickremasinghe (3103), was the GM of Bank of Ceylon in the seventies, is a second cousin of Esmund Wickremasinghe, father of Ranil Wickremasinghe (UNP).

    http://www.dailynews.lk/2001/pix/PrintPage.asp?REF=/2006/09/07/main_Obituaries.asp

    WICKREMASINGHE - NANETTE CHRISTINE (nee ILANGAKOON) widow of late ECG (Lyn) Wickremasinghe, beloved mother of Git and Ravi, mother-in-law of Una and Yasanthi, grandmother of Ramila, Charith and Roshana, sister of Hope, late Neil, Anthea, Philip and Glen, sister-in-law of Quintus and late Lynnette, Ine, Trissette, Gertrude, late Lota (Evelyn) and Lou, passed away on 05th August 2006. The funeral and thanksgiving service were held in Australia on 14th August 2006. DN Sep 7 2006

    11 Githendra Wickremasinghe b:1948 (Royal College, Colombo, 1959-66) + Una (UK)

    12 Roshana Wickremasinghe

    11 Ravi Wickremasinghe + Yasanthi (Australia)

    12 Ramila Wickremasinghe

    12 Charith Wickremasinghe

    10 Ronald Neil Ilangakoon + Lynnette de Alwis

    11 Sheami Ilangakoon + DEW Perera

    12 Karen Shanya Ilangakoon-Perera

    12 Sheena Tiyani Ilangakoon-Perera

    12 David Janik Ilangakoon-Perera

    10 Anthea Ilangakoon + Ine

    10 Philip Ilangakoon + Trisetta

    10 Glendora Ilangakoon, died 197? + Gertrude

    9 Samuel James Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Agricultural Department + Esther Ramkeesoon (Trinidad).

    10 Sonia Dias Bandaranaike + Dr. Digby William Hall (UK)

    11 William Hall

    11 Mary Hall

    11 James Hall

    11 Emma Hall

    10 Gwendolyn Dias Bandaranaike, died 2004 + Roland Dias Abeysinghe

    11 Yohann Dias Abeyesinghe + Manjari Wickremasinghe Rajapakse

    12 Chandhana Dias Abeysinghe

    12 Hasulie Dias Abeysinghe

    11 Jayanthi Dias Abeyesinghe + Ranjith Weerasinghe

    12 Auchithya Weerasinghe

    11 Kavinda Dias Abeyesinghe + Shyamini Balasuriya

    12 Nadhil Dias Abeysinghe

    10 Yasmine Dias Bandaranaike, b:1935, University professor, literary critic, editor, bibliographer, novelist, essayist, and poet. She received her education from Bishop`s college and went on to graduate from the University of Ceylon in 1959. She also received a Ph. D in English Literature from Cambridge University in 1962. Gooneratne became a resident of Australia in 1972. In 1981 she was the first, and remains until now, the only person to receive the higher doctoral degree of Doctor of Letters ever awarded by Macquarie University. She now holds a Personal Chair in English Literature at Macquarie University, located in New South Wales. From 1989-1993 she was the Foundation Director of her University`s Postcolonial Literatures and Languages Research Center. In 1990 Gooneratne became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to literature and education and in that same year she was also invited to become the Patron of the Jane Austen Society of Australia. From 1994-95, she served on a committee appointed by the Federal Government to review the Australian system of Honors and Awards from 1994-1995. Since 1995, she has had positions on both the Australia Abroad Council and the Visiting Committee of the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. In 1998, she became a member of Asialink. She has been a visiting professor or specialist at many different places around the world including the following: Edith Cowan University (Western Australia), University of Michigan (USA), Jawarharlal Nehru University (India), and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji). + Dr. Brendon Goneratne (Australia)

    11 Channa Gooneratne

    11 Devika Gooneratne

    10 son (deceased a few minutes after birth at Bandarawela)

    8 [18 Ezline Maria de Alwis + [19] Solomon Christoffell Obeyesekere, MLC, b:12-Feb-1848, d:13-Oct-1927, educated at The Colombo Academy (later Royal College) and STC Mount Lavinia. m:1872

    9 [21] Daisy Ezline Obeyesekere, m:1898 + [20] Sir Don Solomon Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilleke Senewiratna Rajakumaruna Kadukeralu Bandaranaike (Maha Mudaliyar) b:22-May-1862, d:31-Jul-1946, Kt. Commander of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George, Horogolla Walauwwa, St Thomas` College, Mohandiram 1882. Mudliyar Siyane Korale, After returning from UK, Governor Arthur Havelock awarded Maha Mudaliyar title and All Island JP. In 1897 went to UK as official representative for diamond jubilee celebration and received medal. In 1902 revisited UK. Received Coronation Medal and KCMG, m:Apr-1898

    10 Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike b:8-Jan 1899, d:26-Sep-1959, (Prime Minister of Sri Lanka 1956-59, Assassinated by a Buddhist Monk on September 25, 1959), St Thomas` College, educated as a lawyer in UK, University of Oxford. Became Secretary of Oxford Union in 1923, called to the bar in 1925, Member of the State Council in 1931, Formed the Sinhala Maha Sabha in 1937, Active in the UNP 1945-51 and established the SLFP after 1951, Prime Minister 1956-59, To solve the ethnic issue he signed the Bandaranaike-Chelvanaygam pact, which was repudiated due to a campaign led by the Buddhist Clergy. Made Sinhala the official Language + Sirimavo Ratwatta, b:17/4/1916, d:10/10/2000, m:2-Oct-1940 (First woman Prime Minister in the World, Prime Minister, 1960-65, 1970-77, 1994-2000) (3060) Wikipedia Account of Sirimavo

    11 Sunethra Dias Bandaranaike, b:1943 + Kumar Rupasinghe (div)

    11 2nd spouse of Sunethra Dias Bandaranaike + Udaya Nanayakkara (div)

    11 Chandrika Dias Bandaranaike, b:29/6/1945, Early education at St Bridgets Convent, Colombo, and graduated in Political Science at Sorbonne University in Paris, Formed the Peoples Alliance (PA) Party, President of Sri Lanka 1994-2005 + Vijaya Kumaratunga, Film Actor, Assasinated 1988

    12 Yasodhara Kumaratunga + Roger Walker, m:Jun 2007 in UK (see wedding pics below)

    12 Vimukthi Kumaratunga

    11 Anura Dias Bandaranaike b: Feb-15-1949, Educated at Royal College, Member of Parliament 1977 to 2007, Minister Higher Education 1993, Foreign Minister 2005, Leader of the opposition, Speaker of the House, Minister of Tourism/Heritage 2007

    10 Alexandra Camelia Bandaranaike, lived at `Samudragiri` + Leo G. De Alwis

    11 Shirlene De Alwis

    11 Lankasa De Alwis (tenor singer) + Joy Dassenaike (cousins)

    11 Rukie De Alwis

    10 Anna Florentina De Livera Bandaranaike + A. Obeyesekere

    9 Ethel Obeyesekere + William Pieris

    9 Forester Obeyesekere, (State Councillor) + Anna Isabel Sykes

    10 Boykin Obeyesekere

    10 Ezlynne Obeyesekere + Ralph St. L P Deraniyagala

    11 Ralph Deraniyagala + Indrani Nugera

    12 Arubind Deraniyagala

    9 Lillian Obeyesekere + William Illangakoon

    8 Edwin Robert de Alwis + Cecilia Dias Bandaranaike

    8 Florence Ellen de Alwis + Peter de Saram

    9 Clarice + Valantine Gooneratne

    9 Lionel Wellington (Duke) de Saram married Ethel Pieris

    10 Helen de Saram + Oscar de Livera

    11 Asela de Livera + Sharma Dassenaike

    12 Ashan

    12 Shanila

    10 Philip de Saram

    9 Beatrice + Arthur Dassenaike

    9 Helen

    9 Elsie + Guy Dassenaike

    10 Naomi + Titus Abeysundera

    11 Hiranthi Abeysundera

    11 Shirin Abeysundera

    10 Alastair Dassanaike + Erin Perera

    10 Territt Dassenaike

    10 Yvette + Upali Seneviratne

    11 Aanjanee June

    11 Upamalee

    9 Cyril de Saram + Linda de Alwis

    10 Cynthia + Bertie de Alwis

    11 Christine

    10 Sheila + Basil de Alwis

    11 Devinda de Alwis

    11 Sharnelle

    11 Rohan de Alwis

    11 Niloo

    10 Neliya

    9 Maud (Girlie) + Cyril Thilakeratne

    10 Patrick Thilakeratne

    10 Patricia Thilakeratne + Eric de Livera

    11 Priyanee de Livera

    7 Nancy Dias Bandaranaike, b:1823

    7 Corneliya Dias Bandaranaike, b:1819 + M H de Alwis, m:1840

    7 Henrietta Dias Bandaranaike

    7 Mary Dias Bandaranaike

    7 [8] Rev Canon Samuel William Dias Bandaranaike + [9] Cornelia Susanna Elizabeth Dias Bandaranaike

    8 William Chapman Dias Wijewardena Bandaranaike, b:9/6/1860 (nephew of Sir Harry Dias Bandaranaike and step brother of Sir James Peter Obeyesekere), Born in 1860. Educated at St Thomas` College and Royal College, Colombo. Took charge of the estates and plantation management. + Rachel Asmadale, m:1896 (Niece of T B Panabokke)

    9 Copleston.Dias Bandaranaike + Irene de Silva

    10 Lakshman Dias Bandaranaike + Manthri Amarasekere (3068)

    11 Niranjan Indrajith Dias Bandaranaike

    10 Tissa Dias Bandaranaike + Johanna Tworeck

    11 Janitha Karina Dias Bandaranaike

    11 Mahesha Dias Bandaranaike

    10 Leela Dias Bandaranaike + Christopher E Pieris

    9 Rani Dias Bandaranaike

    [Ref: 20th Centuary Impression by Arnold Wright P525]

    8 [17] Felix Reginold Dias Bandaranaike, b:26-Jul-1861, d:30-Jan-1947, educated at St Thomas` College & Royal College (Colombo Academy), Went to England in 1882. Graduated from Cambridge and obtained BA, LLB. Later received the degrees of MA and LLM. Returned to Ceylon in 1888 and became advocate of local bar. Later became Police Magistrate. In 1897 he became District Judge Colombo. + [16] Annie Lucy (Florence) de Alwis, 1864-1920 (third daughter of James de Alwis) m:14-Apr-1890

    9 Reginald Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Dr. b:17-Jan-1891, d:26-Oct-1951 + (1) Princess De Livera

    10 Michael Dias Bandaranaike + Norah Hunter-Crabbe (UK)

    11 Alison Dias Bandaranaike + Wolfram Koch (Austria)

    11 Julia Dias Bandaranaike + Stuard Orford

    12 Name Not Known

    9 2nd spouse of Reginald Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Dr. (Bunny) b:17-Jan-1891, d:26-Oct-1951 + Freda Dias Abeysinghe

    10 Christine Manel Dias Bandaranaike 1928-1967 + David Blackler

    10 Felix Dias Bandaranaike, b:5-Nov-1930, d:26-Jun-1985 (Minister of Public Administration,Local Govt,Home Affairs& Justice 1970-77) + Muthulakshmi Jayasundera

    11 Christine Wickremanayake

    9 Annette Lena Dias Bandaranaike, 1894-1982 + Roland William Ilangakoon, First Sinhalese Attorney General, m:1914 (see pics below)

    10 Hope Ilangakoon + Quintus Tennekoon

    11 Nirmalie Serena Tennekoon (died 198?)

    11 Deepthi Christine Tennekoon + Palitha Senanayake

    10 Nannette Christine Ilangakoon, d:Aug 5 2006 in Australia + Lyn (ECG) Wickremasinghe (3103), was the GM of Bank of Ceylon in the seventies, is a second cousin of Esmund Wickremasinghe, father of Ranil Wickremasinghe (UNP).

    http://www.dailynews.lk/2001/pix/PrintPage.asp?REF=/2006/09/07/main_Obituaries.asp

    WICKREMASINGHE - NANETTE CHRISTINE (nee ILANGAKOON) widow of late ECG (Lyn) Wickremasinghe, beloved mother of Git and Ravi, mother-in-law of Una and Yasanthi, grandmother of Ramila, Charith and Roshana, sister of Hope, late Neil, Anthea, Philip and Glen, sister-in-law of Quintus and late Lynnette, Ine, Trissette, Gertrude, late Lota (Evelyn) and Lou, passed away on 05th August 2006. The funeral and thanksgiving service were held in Australia on 14th August 2006. DN Sep 7 2006

    11 Githendra Wickremasinghe, b:1948 (Royal College, Colombo 1959-66) + Una (UK)

    12 Roshana Wickremasinghe

    11 Ravi Wickremasinghe + Yasanthi (Australia)

    12 Ramila Wickremasinghe

    12 Charith Wickremasinghe

    10 Neil Ilangakoon + Lynnette de Livera

    11 Sheami Ilangakoon + DEW Perera

    12 Name Not Known

    12 Name Not Known

    10 Anthea Ilangakoon + Ine

    10 Philip Ilangakoon + Trisetta

    10 Glendora Ilangakoon, died 197? + Gertrude

    9 Samuel James Felix Dias Bandaranaike, Agricultural Department + Esther Ramkeesoon (Trinidad).

    10 Sonia Dias Bandaranaike + Dr. Digby William Hall (UK)

    11 William Hall

    11 Mary Hall

    11 James Hall

    11 Emma Hall

    10 Gwendolyn Dias Bandaranaike, died 2004 + Roland Dias Abeysinghe

    11 Yohann Dias Abeyesinghe + Manjari Wickremasinghe Rajapakse

    12 Chandhana Dias Abeysinghe

    12 Hasulie Dias Abeysinghe

    11 Jayanthi Dias Abeyesinghe + Ranjith Weerasinghe

    12 Auchithya Weerasinghe

    11 Kavinda Dias Abeyesinghe + Shyamini Balasuriya

    12 Nadhil Dias Abeysinghe

    10 Yasmine Dias Bandaranaike, b:1935, University professor, literary critic, editor, bibliographer, novelist, essayist, and poet. She received her education from Bishop`s college and went on to graduate from the University of Ceylon in 1959. She also received a Ph. D in English Literature from Cambridge University in 1962. Gooneratne became a resident of Australia in 1972. In 1981 she was the first, and remains until now, the only person to receive the higher doctoral degree of Doctor of Letters ever awarded by Macquarie University. She now holds a Personal Chair in English Literature at Macquarie University, located in New South Wales. From 1989-1993 she was the Foundation Director of her University`s Postcolonial Literatures and Languages Research Center. In 1990 Gooneratne became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to literature and education and in that same year she was also invited to become the Patron of the Jane Austen Society of Australia. From 1994-95, she served on a committee appointed by the Federal Government to review the Australian system of Honors and Awards from 1994-1995. Since 1995, she has had positions on both the Australia Abroad Council and the Visiting Committee of the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. In 1998, she became a member of Asialink. She has been a visiting professor or specialist at many different places around the world including the following: Edith Cowan University (Western Australia), University of Michigan (USA), Jawarharlal Nehru University (India), and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji). + Dr. Brendon Goneratne (Australia)

    11 Channa Gooneratne

    11 Devika Gooneratne

    10 son (deceased a few minutes after birth at Bandarawela)

    8 Rosamund Dias Bandaranike + John Henry Illangakoon (Mudaliyar)

    9 Millicent Illangakoon + Oswald C Tillekeratne

    10 Romi Tillekeratne, d:Aug 2007 (see obit below) + C J (Bucky) De Saram (3126)

    11 Christime De Saram + J M G (Gamini) Perera

    11 Christopher De Saram (ex University of Moratuwa) + Rev Duleep Fernando

    11 Siromi De Saram (University of Colombo - 2007)

    DE SARAM - MRS. R.M. (ROMI) nee TILLEKERATNE Daughter of the late O.C. Tillekeratne and the late Millicent (nee Ilangakoon), relict of C.J. (Bucky) de Saram, beloved mother of Christine, Christopher (formerly of the University of Moratuwa), and Siromi (University of Colombo), mother-in-law of the late J.M.G. (Gamini) Perera and the Rev. Duleep Fernando, loving grandmother of Ianthe, Rukshani, Ruwan and Avanka, expired. Cortege leaves residence No.14, Deal Place A, Colombo 3, on Wednesday 8th August 2007 at 4.00 p.m. for interment at General Cemetery Kanatte, Borella (Anglican Section) at 5.00 p.m. DN Tue Aug 7 2007

    9 J W Ronald Illangakoon + Annette Lena Dias Bandaranaike, 1894-1982

    9 Don Juan Samuel (Mike) Illangakoon + Florence Elapata

    9 Sepala Illangakoon

    9 Blanche Illangakoon

    9 Hilda Illangakoon

    9 Opatissa Illangakoon + Yolande Obeyesekere

    9 William Illangakoon (chin) Mudaliyar + Lillian Obeyesekere

    10 Surangani Illangakoon

    10 Pani Illangakoon + Effi Samarakkody (3118)

    11 Pani Illangakoon (2)

    10 Mahnil Lilette Illangakoon + Roland Hugh Dias Abeysinghe

    11 Ayunli Dias Abeysinghe

    11 Jayanthi Dias Abeysinghe

    8 Amy Dias Badaranaike (1865-1944) + Walter Dias Bandaranaike (Mudliyar)

    9 [21] Estelle Dias Bandaranaike + [22] James Peter Obeyesekere II, Maha Mudaliyar (3051)

    10 James Peter Obeyesekere III + Sivagami Dassanaike

    11 James Peter Obeyesekere Jr

    11 Chantal Obeyesekere

    9 Evelyn Dias Bandaranaike + George R de Silva ( MP)

    9 Stephan

  • 26 Feb 2011 20:50:10 GMT

    I hope I did the correct and real footage of analysis, who could blame me now? Panna, Kotia, Deborak, and rest of the racists brigade, do you know your real history? Shame on you fellows, spitting racial venoms without even knowing your father or your ancestor s history?

    You Panna stop being a racist, after all your dad is a Tamil.

  • 26 Feb 2011 21:09:07 GMT

    SWRD BANDARANAIKE

    Our prime minister`s (S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike`s) direct male ancestor, of whose connection some members of his family used to take pride (see Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon edited by Arnold Wright, (1907) p. 525) was Nilaperumal, a Tamil from south India who arrived in Ceylon in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. He was described as a `high priest` of a temple in Ceylon. He was the first Kapurala in his family of the Nawagomuwe dewale, with the fortunes of which the Bandaranayakes were long associated. Kalukapuge was a name which the family used to affect in the past. It is the Sinhalese version of Nilaperumalge, the ge name of the Bandaranayakes.

    Don Francisco ( Franciscus?) Dias Wijetunga Bandaranayake, Mudaliyar of the Hewagam korale, who was born about 1720, was a direct descendant in the male line of Nilaperumal. He was one of those who supplanted the `original mudaliyars,`` when the latter `fled to Kandy` in 1760 to join the Sinhalese in the struggle between the Dutch and the Kandyan king. The reward for this defection was the office of mudaliyar of the four pattus.

    Francisco first married Dona Maria Perera. They had six sons and four daughters. Their fourth son was Coenrad Pieter Dias Bandaranayake Snr, Maha Mudaliyar, who was the grandfather of another Maha Mudaliyar of the same name (except for Pieter being spelled Peter), who served under the British. Francisco`s fifth son was Daniel Bandaranayake, Mohandiram of Siyane korale. He was baptised on February 16, 1748 and married on January 13, 1773. He was the father of Don Solomon Dias Bandaranayake, Mudaliyar of Siyane Korale.

    Don Solomon married a grand-daughter of Susanna Scharff, who died on June 15, 1781 and was buried in the Dutch (formerly Portuguese) church in the Fort at the site of the present Gordon Gardens, but whose tombstone now lies in the Wolfendhal Dutch Reformed Church, Colombo. The coat of arms of the Scharff family is engraved on this tombstone, the distinguishing mark of which is a `right arm holding a sabre.` This is part of the heraldic arms of the Bandaranayakes. Susanna Scharff was a daughter of a lieutenant, Jan Christoffel Scharff, who served under the Dutch East India Company.

    The names of the Scharff family are given in the journal of the Dutch Burgher Union, Volume 8, (p. 6.). J.C. Scharff hailed from Sangerhausen, Upper Saxony, Thuringia, in Germany. He married at Colombo on March 21, 1734, a lady by the name of Elizabeth de Saram. Susanna was baptised at Colombo on December 1743 8, and married, in Colombo on November 4, 1759, the Reverend Henricus Philipsz (1733-1790), a Sinhalese Christian minister of the Dutch Reformed church in Ceylon. An account of this minister appears in De Bruyn`s History Of The Reformed Church In The Dutch East Indies, written in Dutch. He died on May 19, 1790. His tombstone now lies in the Wolfendhal Dutch Reformed church, but not beside his wife Susanna `s tombstone, by whom, evidently, it was originally erected at the church in Fort, Colombo.

    Rev. H. Philipsz, who had his education in Holland, was a learned and outstanding Christian scholar. He was a son of a Maha Mudaliyar under the Dutch, and a grandson of a schoolmaster of Cotta by the name of D. Philippe. Rev. Philipsz`s brother Abraham Philipsz too was a Maha Mudaliyar under the Dutch. It was Abraham`s son Johannes Gottfried Philipsz, one of Chief Justice Sir Alexander Johnston`s proteges and interpreters, who was appointed the first Sinhalese member of the first legislative council of Ceylon in 1743. He died on July 1800. I have a long and somewhat obsequious letter written by Johannes Gottfried Philipsz to Sir Alexander Johnston whom he addresses as `my lord and protector.` I discovered it among the collection of the Johnston papers which I obtained in England in 1954.

    It is interesting to note that Philipsz`s colleague, A. Coomarasamy, a Tamil interpreter under the British who became the first Tamil member of the same legislative council, was a son of Arumugapillai, an immigrant from south India who came to Gurudavil in the Jaffna peninsula. A. Coomarasamy was the father of Sir Muttu Coomarasamy and of Sellatchi, the mother of the Ponnambalam brothers, Coomarasamy, Ramanathan and Arunachalam.

    It has been said that Governor Maitland `feared` the Mudaliyars. But the word `fear` in this context, has apparently been used in a special sense. For the evidence of contemporary records shows that there was no class of people in Ceylon so addicted to fawning, flattering and sycophantising (sic) in its relationship with its masters as that of the Mudaliyars. It must of course be borne in mind that the times in which they lived were different from ours. There was no middle class. There were the exploiters and the exploited, the foreign masters and their native subjects, the rulers and the oppressed. Into this pattern of political and economic society entered the mudaliyar, using all the craft and cunning, the art and artifice of the adventurer and social climber, with his stock-in-trade of jealousy-ridden hypocritical flattery and sneaky ways. Little wonder then that we find most of the Mudaliyars `professing Christians,` because no one was qualified to hold office unless he was a Christian. And little wonder too if the authorities saw through this hypocrisy, and `feared` the machinations of the enemy within their gates.

    In this connection, in Hugh Cleghron`s `minute` or memorandum on the administration of justice and of revenue in Ceylon under the Dutch government (1799) written at a critical period of our history, at the very time when Dutch rule had ended and British rule begun, is worthy of note. Cleghron observed: `If the poverty and indolence of the natives of this country were to be traced to their true cause, these would be found to originate in the insecurity of their little property, which is at the mercy of the moodeliar, (sic). That few or no appeals have been made against his decisions is to me a stronger proof of the dread of his oppression, than of respect for his justice.`

    Governor North too has left for posterity his observations on the Mudaliyars in his letter to Marquis Wellesley dated October 27, 1798, the original of which is among the Wellesley manuscript in the additional manuscripts section of the British museum in London. Governor North stated, `the maha moodliar is always resident near the person of the governor. He never sits down in my presence, nor appears before me in shoes, but is in fact the grand vizier of Ceylon. Every order I give him is immediately executed, and whatever takes place on the island is communicated by him to me. The only pecuniary reward which he and the inferior moodliars look to from the government are small `accomodessans.` Their great object is to gain marks of distinction, such as sabres, gold chains, medals, etc., of which they are highly vain and by which the Dutch governors well knew how to secure their attachment.` (Journal of the Ceylon branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series, Volume 3 (1953), p. 143 n. 20).

    The above is a faithful contemporary description of things as they were. Although these medal-collecting Mudaliyars went without shoes and bowed times without number before their governors, the Mudaliyars too in turn exacted, without any compunction or human consideration whatsoever, a cringing servility from the inarticulate masses of the people, between whom and the rulers they placed themselves as permanent barriers. Indeed they would seem to have donned jackboots when they went out and trampled on the rights of the dumb masses.

    The people were forced to approach these recently exalted brown slave-drivers, using the most self-degrading and abject terms of address. A relic of this barbarism can still be detected in certain households, happily fast disappearing, the members of which delude themselves into believing that they had sprung from a highborn, low-country Sinhalese aristocracy which we now know was neither high-born nor Sinhalese.

  • 26 Feb 2011 21:11:10 GMT

    Some of these misguided souls still insist on being addressed as `hamu` by their servants. Handsomely are these servants paid for this performance. Unfortunately the nouveaux riche and members of other rival social groups and castes (which the earlier hamus despised) too appear to have entered into this competitive trade of self-laudatory hamu--making, with disastrous results to all contestants. Hence the slow disappearance of the hamu in the present social set-up.

    As in other feudal societies, the Ceylonese masses of the time had no rights. Generally they were led, like dumb-driven cattle. When the Madrasi Dubashes made themselves obnoxious during the brief period when the East India Company administered Ceylon from Madras, the displaced local Mudaliyars seized the opportunity to whip up a feeling among the people that, after all, the known devil was better than the unknown.

    There were, however, mudaliyars and mudaliyars.. The Philipsze`s had a tradition of learning inherited from their humble, nonetheless much esteemed, pedagogic origins, and a consequential understanding of true human values. They were also fortified by genuinely religious Christian convictions, unlike most of their fellows who were bogus Christians who sold their conscience for messes of pottage. With these qualities ingrained in their character, the Philipsze`s contributed not a little to raise the tone of the small coterie of courtiers that danced attendance, albeit barefoot, round the gubernatorial throne.

    It is this tradition of public service, which was born apparently of the best in east and west and which distinguished the Philipszes, that has enriched the blood and lent lustre to the lineage of our prime minister, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike.

    The Reverend Henricus Philipsz and Susanna Scharff were the parents of some eight children, the eldest of whom was also a Christian minister by the name of Reverend Gerardus Philipsz. There is a reference to him in Cordiner`s Ceylon, Volume 1 page 88. He married Johanna Adriana, the eleventh child of Petrus van Dort, son of Cornelius van Dort and his wife Johanna Paulus. Some of the sketches done by J.L.K. van Dort were recently published by Lady Hilda Peiris, wife of Sir Paul E. Peiris.

    The sixth child of Susanna Scharff and Rev. Henricus Philipsz, Johanna Elizabeth Philipsz, was born in 1772 and married on September 15 1799, Diederich Wilhelm Spittel, the father of Gerardus Adrian Spittel, whose son Frederick George Spittel was the father of our well-known surgeon and author, Richard Lionel Spittel. Diederich Wilhelm Spittel`s father, John Lourens Spittel also came, like the Scharffs, from Germany, from Weimar in Saxony.

    Another daughter of Susanna Scharff, her third child, being the name of Cornelia Honrica (Henrietta?) married firstly at Colombo on the July 27 1789, Adolf Martin Heyman, an ensign in the Dutch service, a native of Leuwenstein. A silver tobacco box belonging to this lady, with the name `Heyman` inscribed on it, was in the possession of Sir Paul E. Peiris. This lady lost her husband sometime afterward and married secondly Christoffel de Saram, forth Maha Mudaliyar, the holder of a new office then created by the British to exalt their interpreter who worked in the office of the commissioner of revenue. A son of this union was Johannes Henricus de Saram who at the age of fourteen was taken by Governor Maitland to England in 1811 to study for the Christian ministry.

    He was described in a letter written by his companion Balthazar de Saram, a member of a different family of Sarams, one attuned by family upbringing to western ways and habits, `having been from his infancy reared up in his own family whose only deviation from the manners, language and costume of the Dutch was his father`s native dress.` I have seen this correspondence in the original at the public record office in London. Cornelia Henrica (Henrietta) de Saram, nee Philipsz, who died on April 9 1824, is also commemorated by a tombstone at the Dutch Reformed church at Wolfendhal.

    Before he left England, the young Christian minister Rev. Johannes Henricus de Saram, married an European lady, Frances Treherne. The marriage was solemnised in London in the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on June 9, 1820.

    It was this young man`s sister Cornelia, a grand-daughter of Susanna Scharff, who married Don Solomon Dias Bandaranayake, mudaliyar of Siyane korale.

    Change of spelling

    Don Solomon`s branch of the family of Bandaranayakes from now onwards appear to spell its name as Bandaranaike. Don Solomon lived to a ripe old age. It should be recorded here that he was a great servant of the British crown. It was this Solomon Dias Bandaranaike who received a government grant of one hundred and eighty acres of land. He was also the recipient of a medal from Governor Brownrigg with the citation `as a reward for eminent service during the Kandyan rebellion, AD 1818. Don Solomon`s photograph appeared in volume two of Tennent`s Ceylon. He died on September 15, 1859.

    Don Solomon`s son, Don Christoffel Henricus Dias Bandaranaike, who was born in 1826, succeeded his father. He married a kingswoman, Anna Florentina Philipsz, daughter of Philipsz Gysbertus Panditaratne and granddaughter of Johannes Gottfried Philipsz, whose family had by then adopted for general use the cognomen Panditaratne. To this couple was born an only son, who later became famous in the service of successive British governors. He has recorded an account of his intimate associations with kings, princes, dukes and governors and men and women distinguished in various orders of chivalry, in his autobiography Remembered Yesterdays. But unfortunately his book does not make us any the wiser about his own family story.

    With remarkable extravagance of language he styled himself Sir Don Solomon Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilleke Senewiratna Rajakumaruna Kadukeralu Bandaranaike, knight commander of the most distinguished order of St. Michael and St. George.

    To this Christian knight of St. George, a scion of the house of Nilaperumal and a cadet of the families of Phillipsz and Scharff, was born Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, our present prime minister, who has determined for himself a new course in Ceylon history, having divested himself on the habits and habiliments and religion of his own immediate forebears. arrived from South India in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. High priest of a Temple in Ceylon. Was the first Kapurala in his family of the Nawagomuwe Dewale. The family is also known by the Singhalese name of Kalukapuge.

    Johanna Louisa Dias Bandaranayake, a direct descendant of Nilaperumal and Scharff, was married to John Martinus Peiris. Of this union was born the well-known historian and author of several books on `Sinhalese Families,` Sir Paul E. Peiris. Sir Paul`s grandfather Johan Louis Peiris was the mace-bearer at the supreme court, when it was presided over by the great chief justice, Sir Alexander Johnston. Johan Louis Peiris was the son of Wilhelmus Peiris, who died on August 24, 1816. Wilhelmus Peiris` father was Louis Peiris, a proponent in the Dutch Reformed Church. Louis Peiris had a brother, Dernigellege Pauloe Pieris Samarasinghe. Louis Peiris`s father (Manuel?) hailed from Attidiya near Colombo. He as a member of the lascarins ( Sinhalese foot-soldiers) under the Dutch, and was the recipient of several paraveni lands as a reward for his services. He (Manuel) has a brother by the name of Deringellege Joan (John?) Fernando, whose grandson Abraham Peiris was also a proponent in the Dutch Reformed Church.

  • 26 Feb 2011 21:12:08 GMT

    FIFTY YEARS AGO - ASSASSINATION OF SWRD:

    The shots that shook the world

    Lloyd RAJARATNAM DEVARAJAH

    It was on the morning of Friday September 25, 1959-50 years ago - that the fourth Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, was brutally gunned down at his Rosmead Place residence in Colombo, by a fanatic, saffron-robed Buddhist monk.

    In his younger days. Pictures courtesy ANCL

    Having resigned my permanent, pensionable and secure job in the Posts and Telecommunications Department after 7 1/2 years of service, in August 1959, I became a `Stringer` reporter for the now defunct `Times of Ceylon` group of newspapers. Earlier, I was freelancing for the `Times`, since 1953.

    On that fateful Friday morning, I was carrying one-year old Lakshan Amarasinghe, my next door neighbour, to show him the two pups littered by my Alsatian dog. As I was showing him the pups in the back verandah of my Moor Road house at Wellawatte, the telephone rang. Donovan Moldrich, News Editor of the `Times of Ceylon` was on line and he asked me to `Come to office right away as something tragic has happened.`

    Mr. and Mrs. Bandaranaike

    He did not spell out what it was, but I noticed the time was 10.20 a.m. I went next door and left Lakshan and I got dressed up and as I was about to step out of my house, I heard Lakshan`s father Alfred Amarasinghe returning home in his car, shouting to my father, (reading the morning `Ceylon Daily News` seated in an easy chair on the front verandah) that `the Prime Minister has been shot and wounded.`

    When I reached the gate, the phone rang again and I returned to answer it. It was Felix Gunawardena Editor of the `Sunday Times` asking me to proceed direct to the General Hospital, Colombo where the Prime Minister had been brought, after an assassination attempt.

    I went direct to the hospital and I saw a truck-load of Police getting off and positioning themselves at various strategic points in the vicinity. I moved around and saw two of my colleagues veteran reporters K. Nadarajah who was also working for the `Indian Express` and M. K. Pillai also correspondent for the `Times of India` there. I also spotted E. C. B. Wijesinghe working for the Reuters news agency there. I reached there at 11.10 a.m. and was with them until 2.30 p.m. when another veteran journalist/colleague Shelton Liyanage (Fernando) also working for the `Statesman` Calcutta, came to relieve me.

    At the time I left, the Prime Minister was still in the operating theatre. The Emergency operation was performed by Dr. M. V. P. Peries, Dr. P. R. Anthonis and Dr. Noel Bartholomeusz and lasted a little over five hours.

    Earlier, the Governor General Sir Oliver Goonetilleke who was swearing-in the Italian Ambassador Count Paolo di Michelis di Sloughhello, stopped the ceremony and rushed to Rosmead place.

    Taking his dog for the Dog Show

    Dr. N. M. Perera and Philip Gunawardena who were in the House of Representatives (Parliament) went to the PMs residence on hearing about the shooting. A message had also been sent from Queen`s House (Governor General`s official residence) to Parliament to continue with its meeting. W. Dahanayake had suggested that Parliament be adjourned but Dr. Perera said that `there was no need to panic.`

    At the time of the shooting incident, there were many people as usual, waiting to meet the Prime Minister in the verandah of his house. Among them were two saffron-robed men.

    After meeting one of them and bowing to him in reverence, Mr. Bandaranaike turned towards the second monk. While bowing, the second monk suddenly pulled out a .45 revolver from under his yellow robes and shot at the PM at pointblank range.

    Mr. Bandaranaike turned and ran into the house and in the process, three shots hit him in the hand and abdomen, whilst two hit the glass pane of a nearby door and a flower pot in the verandah.

    The people who were waiting to meet the PM, immediately set upon the man in saffron robe and mauled him mercilessly. A Policeman on sentry duty there, also shot at the Buddhist monk and wounded him on the thigh and arrested him. The Governor - General declared a State of Emergency throughout the island at 11 a.m. and the Army, Navy and Air Force units including volunteers were mobilized to suppress any civil commotion.

    When I reached office the `Times` which had already put out two editions about the shooting incident, put out its third edition giving more details of that day`s assassination attempt.

    Around 5 p.m., I left in a taxi with `Sunday Times` feature writer Samson Abeygunawardena to meet Dr. Gamini Corea at his Horton Place, Colombo, residence. The entrances to Rosmead place as well as the adjoining Barnes Place and Horton Place which were guarded by armed Police, were closed to all vehicular traffic. We got off the taxi and walked about 200 yards and met Dr. Corea and collected an article on `Ceylon`s Population problem` for the `Sunday Times` National Forum Column.

    After that, we proceeded to 5th Lane, Kollupitiya and met Dr. L. O. de Silva at his clinic, where there was a large number of patients.

    The doctor was biting into a sandwich which he told us was his late lunch. He said he was in the operating theatre and the surgery `lasted a little over five hours`.

    He also told us `The first 24 hours after the operation was very crucial.`

    When I returned to office at about 7.15 p.m., many of my colleagues were also there. I was then directed by Mr. Moldrich to be at the General Hospital the following (Saturday 26th September 1959) day at 6 a.m. When I reached the hospital at 5.40 a.m., my colleagues Nadarajah, Liyanage and Pillai were already there keeping vigil, for any new developments about the PM.

    Shortly after that Saturday morning, Shelton came hurriedly down the hospital corridor and signalled me to grab the telephone in the solitary booth in the hospital vicinity, before anyone else gets hold of it. As he approached me he grimaced indicating that it was all finished. Shelton took the receiver from me and phoned through to Moldrich that the PM has passed away.

    When I reached the Times news room at 9.25 a.m., the first edition of the Saturday `Times of Ceylon` was already out. The headline read `The Prime Minister is dead.`

    A few hours after the operation the previous day, the PM had joked with the doctors and nurses around his bedside.

    He had asked one of the Nurses `How am I doing?` She replied `You are doing fine, Sir`. `Yes I am an old man and have undergone a five hour stomach operation but I still have guts,` the PM declared.

    The Buddhist monk who carried out the assassination was Talduwe Somarama Thera, an Eye specialist and a visiting lecturer at the College of Indigenous Medicine Borella and also of the Amaravihare, Obeysekere Town.

    The official Bulletin on his death stated `The condition of the Prime Minister suddenly took a turn for the worse about 7 a.m. There was a sudden alteration of the action of the heart and his condition deteriorated very rapidly. He passed off peacefully about 8 `O` clock.`

    Sgd. Dr. P. R. Anthonis, Dr. T. D. H. Perera and Dr. M. J. A. Sandrasagara.

    A verdict of homicide was recorded by the City Coroner J. N. C. Tiruchelvam, J. P. U. M. at the inquest. He said `death was due to shock and haemorrhage resulting from multiple injuries to the thoracic and abdominal organs.`

    The Prime Minister`s funeral was held on Wednesday 30th September 1959, where his body was entombed into a vault at his ancestral Horagolla Walauwa.

  • 26 Feb 2011 21:12:47 GMT

    SWRD BANDARANAIKE - The assassination aspect

    Firoze Sameer

    Saturday, September 26 2009, marks the 50th death anniversary of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike, who died at the General Hospital on a Saturday morning at about 07.45-Hrs.

    Assassin:

    The six shots fired by the Ven. Talduwa Somarama Thera of the College of Ayurvedic Medicine with a .455 Webly Mark VI revolver at the prime minister in his unofficial residence, Tintagel at No. 65 Rosmead Place in Colombo-7, on Fri.-Sep.-25, 1959, about

    The clothes he was wearing at the time of his death

    09.45Hrs, fatally injured the PM and seriously injured a teacher called Gunaratne in the neck amongst a throng of about forty persons.

    It was later established that the murder weapon came from an unlicensed armoury of five firearms, which belonged to Ossie Corea, a tavern renter at Dagonna in the Negombo District, and who was also the personal security officer to the Minister of Finance Stanley de Zoysa, MP.

    Conspiracy:

    The deep-seated conspiracy finally blew sky-high, when it was established at the subsequent Supreme Court trial that the 1st and 2nd accused, the Ven. Buddharakkitha thera, High priest of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihare, and HP Jayewardena, conspired to assassinate the prime minister in view of their disappointment, inter alia, in not being able to push through their business ventures with the assistance of the government.

    Notable was their failure in May-1958, to secure the bid, at great financial loss to them, for the carriage of rice from Burma (now Myanmar) to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), on behalf of the Food Department, through their new company, the Colombo Shipping Lines Ltd, which had been floated with the expert guidance of Major JR Baptis, a former director of the Government-sponsored Ceylon Shipping Lines Ltd.

    Also, the prime minister had not taken seriously the scurrilous pamphlet relating to Buddharakkiktha and Mrs Vimala Wijewardene, his minister of Health.

    Ossie & Lionel:

    The hatchet man, Somarama, harboured no grudge with the prime minister.

    Suspicion fell on Ossie Corea as the enforcer, since he was bald-headed during the time of the assassination.

    However, Corea, who was a former temporary Excise inspector, and his

    prot g former ASP-CID Lionel (Gompa) Goonetilleke, who lived opposite to Tintagel, appeared as strong prosecution witnesses at the trial.

    Police Investigation:

    Amongst the crack team of police officers investigating the Bandaranaike murder, were included DIG-CID DCT Pate, SP Rajasooriya, ASP SSIK Iyer, IP Abeywardena, IP AM Seneviratne and IP Tyrell Goonetilleke, who later on rose to the rank of DIG.

    Trial:

    The Bandaranaike Assassination trial commenced on 22-Feb.-1961 presided by Justice TS Fernando, QC, CBE, with a seven member jury whose foreman was DWL Lieversz, Snr.

    The trial concluded almost three months later on 12-May. To be continued

    DN Magazine Page Sat Sep 26 2009

  • 26 Feb 2011 22:47:35 GMT

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