Bandula Gunawardane

Sumithra Arachchige Don Bandula Chandrasiri Gunawardane (born 15 March 1953[1]) (known as Bandula Gunawardane) is a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a government minister.

Bandula Gunawardane

Minister of Rural Economy
In office
PresidentChandrika Kumaratunga
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
PresidentChandrika Kumaratunga
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Minister of Trade, Marketing Development & Consumer Affairs
In office
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterRatnasiri Wickremanayake
Minister of Education
In office
23 April 2010 – 12 January 2015
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterD. M. Jayaratne
Succeeded byAkila Viraj Kariyawasam
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Colombo District
Assumed office
In office
Personal details
Born (1953-03-15) March 15, 1953 (age 67)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party (2007 - Present)
United National Party (2001- 2007)
Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (1989 - 2001)
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance (2007 - Present)
United National Front (2001- 2007)
People's Alliance (Sri Lanka) (2000 - 2001)
Residence142 Jambugasmulla Mw,
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Mabula village, in Avisasalwella Electorate, Colombo District, Sri Lanka. His primary education was at Roman Catholic School in Mabula and for secondary education he entered to Rajasinghe Central College. He entered Lumbini College for his Advanced Level studies and entered to University of Sri Jayewardenepura after passing A/Ls in commerce stream.


He was a tutor in the city which he started as a hobby while he was still in university. He successfully contested the 1989 parliamentary election as a candidate for the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna party, and entered parliament. He was defeated in the subsequent 1994 parliamentary election.

Gunawardena was the producer of the film, Suddilage Kathaawa, which won Sarasaviya Awards.

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