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Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Shiranthi Rajapaksa
First Lady of Sri Lanka
Assumed office
19 November 2005
Personal details
Born Shiranthi Wickremesinghe
Badulla, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Spouse(s) Mahinda Rajapaksa (m. 1983)
Children Namal, Yoshitha, Rohitha
Alma mater Holy Family Convent, Colombo

Shiranthi Rajapaksa (born Wickramasinghe) is the wife of the sixth President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the First Lady of Sri Lanka. She is a professional in child psychology and pre-school education.


  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Miss Universe and Miss World 3
  • Child educationist career 4
  • Family 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Born to Commodore E. P. Wickramasinghe SLN and his wife, she is the couple's only daughter. Rajapaksa has two brothers.


Shiranthi Rajapaksa completed her primary and secondary education at Holy Family Convent, Colombo. She excelled at school both in the fields of education and sports and was considered a brilliant all-rounder. She finished secondary school with a Diploma in Child Psychology and Pre-school Education.

Miss Universe and Miss World

Rajapakse first entered the limelight prior to her marriage after being crowned Miss Sri Lanka in 1973. Thereafter she had the distinction of being one of the contestants at the Miss Universe pageant held in Athens. She also participated in Miss World 1973, held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on November 23, 1973.

Child educationist career

Shiranthi Rajapaksa, being a professional in the field of child psychology and pre-school education, established six pre-schools in Colombo and in the southern regions of Sri Lanka - Tangalle, Beliatta, Ranna, Walasmulla and Weeraketiya. Each year, over 600 young children are enrolled and 25 teachers are currently employed in these pre-schools.


In 1983, she married Mahinda Rajapaksa. The couple has three sons. Namal is a current Member of Parliament for Hambantota District while his brother Yoshitha was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Navy in March 2009 [1] appointed an Aide-de-camp to the President in 2006 and youngest son is Rohitha Rajapaksa.

See also


  1. ^ His Excellency the President Chief Guest at the Commissioning Parade held at the Naval and Maritime Academy

External links

  • The Miss World 1973
  • A gift from the First Lady
Honorary titles
Preceded by
First Lady of Sri Lanka
November 19, 2005 – present
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