Illangakone Family Tree #3169

Sri Lanka Sinhala Family Genealogy

Illangakone Family #3169


When King Wijayabahu, the brother of King Parakramabahu who occupied the throne on the mental incapacity of the latter, was put to death as a result of a popular uprising, and King Bhuwanekabahu was elected in his place, the feudatory kingship of Sitawaka was allotted to the king’s brother Mayadunne on the advice of Ilancon.  The same writer records that Ilancon was put to death in 1543 by King Bhuwanekabahu’s son in law, Vidiye Bandara, when sent to replace the latter in the command of the army operating against the udarata.  If in 1521 Ilancon was old enough to be a Minister of the King, and in 1543 was young enough to be considered to be placed in command of an army in the field, it is safe to presume that he was born about 1480.   

The murdered man’s adherents took refuge in Sitawaka, and busily engaged themselves in formenting hostilities against Jayewardena Kotte. And in 1593 after the death of Ra Singha Deviyo, his most distinguished commander, Mannamperuma Mukewetti, otherwise Jayawira Bandara, rose to revolt against his youthful successor on the throne  It was Illangcon modelier who commanded the army, which for a time successfully checked the threatening danger.  This Mudaliyar must have been the father of Menikhami and can be identified with Samarajiv’s, Sriendra Wijayawardena Ilangakon.

(From Some Sinhalese Families part 4-page14 & 15 by Sir Paul Pieris)

 1  Sepala Adigar Illangakon b1480 d1543 Adigar of King Bhuwanekabahu V11, Was in command of a army

   2  Sriendra Wijewardena Illangakon Mudaliyar was a alive in 1593

      3  Menikhamy Illangakon alive in 1610 +Attanayake of the court of Ra-Singha Deviyo

      3  Illangakon Mudaliyar alive 1638 d1656 (Warawatta Ralahami)

         4  Daughter+ Walgama Dissanayake Mohottiar alive 1662 (Welgam Willawatte Mohottiar)

            5  Siriwesari Mohotti Appuhamy + Dona Catharina

                6  Daughter b:1670

                6  Aentchelie b:1673 (Don Joan Appuhamy) + (Md1) Catherina

                   7  Manual

                   7  Phillip

                  7  Susen

                  7  Son

                6  Don Joan Appuhamy + (Md2) Maria

                  7  Ana

                  7  Sisilia

                  7  Johana

                  7  Laurensia     

           5  Don Simon Ilangakon 35 years

           5  Grazia Ilangakon, 15 years

          5  Pawistina + Atteluye Dissanayake Appuhamy, d:1682

            6  Pedro, b:1675

            6  Clara, b:1674

      4  Ilangakon of Warawatte, b:1647, d:1699-1700 + Ilangakon Lama Etini

  (Ilangakon Lama Etini residing in Warawatte of Kapoegama in Wellebode Pattoe in Mature,donated fields to temple at Weregampitte in 1708

        5  Don Simon Ilangakon Appuhamy (d:1717-1721)+ Dona Susana (as Ilangakon Appuhamy performed his duties well, he was appointed Mudaliyar by Hendrick Becker on 1/9/1708)

          6  Don Simon Wijewardene Ilangakon (Mudaliyar of Attapattu), d:1749 + Dona Ana de Saa Lama Etini(daughter of Don Matthes de Saa Wickramanayake Abeykon

            7  Dona Florentina Ilangakon bp: 1732, d:1760 + Elapatte Appuhamine Don Constanian Wiradiwakkara Jayathilake Mohandiram

           7 Don Abraham bp:1731 On 15/11/1747 made organizer of 4 grarets of Matara And then he was named Don Matthys Ilangakon Appuhamy He is mentioned as Wijayasundera Abeykon Mohandiram in 1750  On 16/10/1760,Don Matthys Seneviratne Ilangakon Mohandiram performed the duties of Mudaliyar of Coraal of Morrua Corale  He married in 1752 Dona Joeana Wickremasinghe Seneviratne, daughter of Don Theodoos Wickremasinghe Seneviratne Moedianse (addition of the Seneviratne name to the patabendi name  of Ilangakon Mohandiram may be,because he married from the Seneviratne family )Don Matthys Seneviratne Ilangakon died in 1763 in rebellion No information has been traced as to whether his association with the king’s army was voluntary or not and the nature of his death    (By 1773 in this household there were 7 adult slaves and 18 child slaves/servants)

            8  Dona Laurensia Ilangakon + David Wijesekere Jayathilakeratne de Saram Mudaliyar (alive28/2/1793)of Gangaboda pattu  (son of Domingo Siriwardhana and Catharina, and grand son of Anthonan de Saram Wiresinghe Siriwardhana) (3126)

           8  Don Theodoos Seneviratne Ilangakon, d:1797 (held the office of Kodithuwakku Mohandiram as Seneviratne Ilangakon Mohandiram) + Claudina Perera Ekanayake, d:27/9/1816 (daughter of Anthony Perera Wickramaratne Ekanayake Mudaliyar)

             9  Don Matthys de Saa Ilangakon  d:1821

            9  Dona Ana de Saa Ilangakon (Assensia) d:1821+ Gerad de Saram (Herat de Saram Appuhami (b1/7/1787 d11/10/1833)(Mudaliyar Gangaboda pattu)(Herath Wijesekera Jayathilakaratne)son of Louis de Saram  Wijesekere MD in 1806) (3126)

               10  Francina de Saram

               10  Wilhelmina de Saram + Johannes Abeysinghe Wijewardena (Son of Johannes Christoffel Wijewardena Samarakoon Mohandiram, bp:1768 and Sara Lodowyk)

               10 Cornelia de Saram

          7 Don Joan Ilangakon  Appuhamy bap:1728, d:5/4/ 1782 He was appointed Maha Mhoti Mohandiram And in 1748 appointed Maha Mudaliyar And then he was named Don Joan Abayasiriwardhana Ilangakon Maha Mudaliyar He 1st married Susanna de Melho (d:1763)daughter of Simon de Melho Mudaliyar (Simon de Melho Mudaliyar from the Christian Chetty Community)

Joan Abeysiriwardena Illangakon MM was banished from Ceylon, in 1758 for untrustworthiness and traitorous acts  But later after investigation he was brought back to Ceylon ,as the Dutch had made a mistake  In 1766 the Mudaliyar had shown special aptitude during peace negotiations with Kings envoys and company commissioner  He also had translated a treaty of Peace  In recognition he was given a gold chain weighing 35 pagodas

            8 Don Simon Petrus  Abeysiriwardhana Ilangakon Maha Mudaiyar  d:17/3/1794 + Dona Florentina de Saa Bandaranaike (daughter of Don Francisco de Saa Abayawickrema Bandaranaike Maha  Mohottala)(md:1771)(she died on 30/12/1835) (1001)

                Dona Katharina Ilangakon+ md in 1792 Don Constanyn Wickremasinghe Amarasekere Appuhami Mudaliyar

                9 Dona Welhelmina Katharina Ilangakon + Md1 Don Francisco and after his death, Md2

 Abraham  Dias Abeysinghe Amarasekere (Md in 1820)Guard Mudaliyar Galle

               William Alexander Dias Abeysinghe Amarasekere + daughter of WF Dissanaike Thilakaratne Mudaliyar

             9  Dona Anna  Susana Florentina Rosina Ilangakon + Don Joean Tennakon Appuhamy Mudaliyar

                10  Maria Florentina Tennakon

                10  Anna Tennakon

                10  Henry Martin Tennakon Mohandiram

                10  Dionysis Andreas Tennakon Appuhamy

       8  Adriana Gertruyda Ilangakon bp:9/4/1752 + Nicholas Dias Abeysinghe Amarasekere Maha Mudaliyar(md:1766)(b:8/5/1719 d:10/5/1794)(Son of Balthasaar Dias Abeysinghe and Maria,md:1785)(Grand son of Joan Abeysinghe b:1691,d:1742)                                                                                                                                                        

        9  Johannes Welhelmus Dias Abeysinghe Mohandiram + Dona Maria Bandaranaike (d of CP Dias Bandaranaike MM and Louisa Atapattu (1001)

           10  Johannes Nicholas Dias Abeysinghe b:1800

           10  Johannes Gustaaf b:1802

          10  Simon Fredrick b:1802

          10  Dona Florentina Dias Abeysinghe + (md2/10/1809)Simon de Livera Mudaliyar Hewagam Korale (Son of Balthazar de Livera)

             11  Fredrick de Livera bp 9/8/1813  became District Judge Matara

          10  Florentina Dias Abeysinghe bp:15/10/1795 + Phillip Wijekoon Panditharatne Mohandiram (1002)

            11  Jhon Leonard Wijekon Panditharatne MudaliyarGangaboda pattu + Sussana Illangakon (daughter of David Illangakon Mudaliyar)

            11  Gertruda Panditharatne + Jhon Dias Bandaranaike Mohandiram

            11  Wilhelmina  Henrietta Panditharatne + Johannes Jacobus de Saram Wijesekere Abeyratne Mudaliyar b:6/4/1791Mudaliyar of the Governor Gate, Assistant Interpreter to his Excellency the Governor and Superintendent of Ambatellen Pahala (3126)

               12  Phillip de Saram

               12  Peter George de Saram (STC) b:1852 (Police Magistrate)+Florence Ellen de Alwis

                   13  Clarice de Saram + Dr Valentine Goonaratne (Son of ERJ Gooneratne)

                  13  Lionel Wellington(duke) de Saram + Ethel Pieris

                      14  Helen de Saram + Oscar de Livera

                          15  Asela de Livera + Sharma Dassenaike

                              16  Ashan de Livera

                              16  Shanila de Livera

                     14  Phillip de Saram

                  13  Beatrice de Saram + Arthur Dassenaike

                  13  Helen de Saram

                  13  Elsi de Saram + Guy Dassenaike

                      14  Naomi Dassenaike + Titus Abeysundere

                          15  Hiranthi Abeysundere

                         15  Shirani Abeysundere

                    14  Alistaire Dassenaike + Erin Perera

                    14  Territ Dassenaike

                    14  Yvette Dassenaike + Upali Seneviratne

                        15  Aanjanee June Seneviratne

                        15  Upamalie Seneviratne

               13  Cyril de Saram + Linda de Alwis

                   14  Cynthia de Saram d:2010 + Berte de Alwis

                       15  Christine de Alwis

                   14  Sheila de Saram + Basil de Alwis

                       15  Devinda de Alwis                                                                                                     

                       15  Sharnelle de Alwis

                       15  Rohan de Alwis

                       15  Niloo de Alwis

                   14  Neliya de Saram

              13  Maud(Girlie) de Saram + Cyril Thilakaratne

                  14  Patrick Thilakaratne

                     15  Patricia Thilakaratne + Eric de Livera

                        16  Priyanee de Livera

          11  Phillip Gysbertus Wijesekere Panditharatne Mohandiram (Phillip Panditharatne’s son) + (1md) Florentina daughter of JW Dias Abeysinghe (md 2hd) Angenitta Catharina Ekanayake daughter of Perera Ekanaike Mudaliyar

       10  Clara Louisa Dias Abeysinghe bp :9/1797

      10  Florentina Leonara Dias Abeysinghe bp:2/8/1810

    9  Abraham Dias Abeysinghe Amarasekere Mudaliyar + (1)in 1798 Dona  Hetroyda, daughter  of Don Johannes Wijewardena Navaratna Tennakon Mudaliyar

       10  Adriana Gertruda b:1800 + Don David JayathilekeGoonaratne Mohotti Mudaliyar

      10  Nicholas Dias Abeysinghe Wijewardene Mudaliyar b:6/4/1801,Mudaliyar of the Gate and Atapattu, Interpreter of the Cutcherry of Point de Galle + daughter of Don Bastian Goonaratne Mudaliyar

           11  Rev Abraham Dias Abeysinghe b approx 1830 (Advocate of Supreme Court)(Guard Mudaliyar)

   12  Eugine Godfred Dias Abeysinghe b:1868 Surveyor (STC & Royal)(Mudaliyar Bentota Wallalwita Korale + (1) daughter  of AJ Perera

                  12  2nd spouse of Eugine Godfred Dias Abeysinghe b:1868 + daughter  of AJ Perera

                  12  Don Abraham Dias Abeysinghe b:1850 (Proctor)(STC)Colonial Chaplain + daughter of ER Gooneratne

                      13  Dias Abeysinghe (d:1905) Administrative of Police

                          14  Arthur Alfred Dias Abeysinghe (b:2/2/1880) (Royal) (Captain of Cadet Battalion Ceylon light infantry 1903)

            11  Caroline Dias Abeysinghe + Francis Earnest Jayethileke Gooneratne (md 20/5/1861) 

          10  Petrus Abeysinghe Siriwardena Mudaliyar of the Gate b:1807 + (1) Maria d of Hendrick de Saram Mudaliyar  And + (md 2nd Arnoldina Angelthina  daughter of Don Simon Tennakon Mudaliyar (3126)

          10  Johannes Abeysinghe Wijewardena Mudaliyar of the wellaboda Pattu + Wilhelmina daughter of G de Saram Mudaliyar (3126)

          10  Henry Thomas Abeysinghe Amarasekere Mudaliyar of Bentota  + Dorothea daughter of Adrian de Silva Goonathilake Mudaliyar

          Abraham Dias Abeysinghe Amarasekere + (md 2nd) Wilhelmina Catharina daughter  of Don Petrus Illangakon Mudaliyar (md in 1820)

           10  William Alexander Dias Abeysinghe + daughter of WF Dissanaike Thilakaratne Mudaliyar.

                11  Abraham Nicholas Dias Abeysinghe

                11  Dias Abeysinghe

                11  Dias Abeysinghe

                11  Dias Abeysinghe

                11  Dias Abeysinghe

       9  Dona Ana Hertroyda Dias Abeysinghe + Don Bastian Jayathilleke Gooneratna Attapattu Mudaliyar of Galle (Son of Philippoe Jayathileke Gooneratne Mudaliyar and Juana Abeysinghe) md:21/1/1792

           10  Daughter + Nicholas Dias Abeysinghe Wijewardena b:1801

     8  Hetroyda Illangakon, d:1790

  7  Don Joan Abayasiriwardhana Ilangakon, 2nd married in 16/5/1767 Dona Catharina Tennakon            d :11/6/1787 Daughter of Don Simon Wijewardhana Tennakon Mudaliyar and Dona Catharina Jayathilleke After Joan Illangakon’s death Catharina re married to Joean Abeysiriwardhana Guneratne Mudaliyar

    8 Don David Jayathilake Abeysiriwardhana Ilangakon Maha Mudaliyar (b:1751-Sep1848 ) + (md:1795) Angenita  de Saram (daughter of David de Saram Jayathilakaratne) (3126)

     Maha Mudaliyar of the District of Mature and Chief Interpreter of the Gate, Mudaliyar of the four Gravets of Mature and Gajanaike Modaliar,1st Maha Mudaliyar and Chief Interpreter of the Governor’s Gate, and Maha Mudaliyar of all the Districts from Chilaw to Mahagampatto   He was Maha Mudaliyar under Van de Graaf and Governor Fredrick North             

With the death of King Rajadhirajasinghe in 1798 and the succession of King Sri Wickreme Rajasinghe an inexperienced youth of 18 years ,war again broke out in 1803 There was violent agitation at all Kings borders,and once again in 1805 the Disavani of Matara was invaded  For the services during this time of anxiety the Maha Mudaliyar was rewarded according to the ancient custom with gifts of rice fields by Governor Thomas Maitland                 

Don David Jayathilake Abeysiriwardhana Ilangakon was appointed 1st Native member of the newly established Landraad of Matara on 17/12/1811

He received a medal from Sir Robert Brownrigg Governor of Ceylon in 1819  as record of his eminent public service  during the period

(Ernest de Saram was appointed Maha Mudaliyar on 2/11/1847)(Probably after Ilangakon MM retired)

        9   (Son) Illangakon (b approx 1800) + Francina  de Saram (daughter  of Martinus de Saram Wijesiriwardena Mohandiram )  (Large wedding ceremony was held, wedding ceremony ball opened by Lady Brownrigg and Hon R Boyd) (3126)

        9   Susanna Ilangakoon+Jhon Leonard Wijekon Panditharatne Mudaliyar Gangaboda pattu                                                            

  8  Don Balthasar Wijewardena Ilangakon Atapattu Mudaliyar, b:1776  

  8  Don Joan Abeysiriwardhana Ilangakon bp:1784 + Johana Clara de Saram (daughter of David de Saram Wijeysekere Jayathilakaratne Mudaliya , Grand daughter of Jayathilaka Wirasuriya Mudaliyar) (3126)

  8  Dona Ana Catharina Ilangakon b1775 + md:1795 Thomas Rodrigo Wijeratne Siriwardhana Mudaliyar


The following Illangakon family members are also listed below

A)     1  JV Ilangakoon Mudaliyar of Welgam Korale Matara  (b approx 1825)

   2  Daughter (Ilangakoon) + Mudaliyar ERJ Goonaratne (MD1873)

     3  Dr Valentine David Gooneratne b1874 + Clarice de Saram (d of Peter de Saram) (3126)

       B) 1  John Henry Ilangakoon Mudaliyar (b approx 1850) + Rosamund Dias Bandaranaike (daughter of Samuel William Dias Bandaranaike d:1883) (1001)

        2  Millicent Illangakoon + Oswald Thilakaratne

           3  Romi Thilakaratne (d2007)+CJ(Bucky)de Saram

             4  Christopher de Saram

             4  Christine de Saram

             4  Siromi de Saram

        2  Blanche Illangakoon

        2  Hilda Illangakon

        2  Oopathissa Ilangakoon + Yolande Obeyesekere (3051)

        2  Don Juan Samuel (Mike) Ilangakoon + Florence Elapata

           3  Michael Llewelyn Christopher Ilangakoon (former warden Stc Mtl  1977-1982) + Pathma Elikewela

               4  Anoma Ilangakoon + Indra Obeyesekere

               4  Cyraine Ilangakoon + Peru Laakso

               4  Michael Ilangakoon (b1959)Stc + Shivanee Wanniarachchi

                   5  Deshan Ilangakoon

                   5  Yasara Ilangakoon

           3  Merril Ilangakoon + Gertrude

              4  Gihan Ilangakoon

           3  Carl Sepala Ilangakoon (Stc)(Planters Association)(b1923-d25/6/2009) + Sunethra Seneviratne

             4  Yevindra Sepala Ilangakoon b:1955 + Ymara Dharmaratne

                5  Yenushka Ilangakoon

                5  Yovaan Ilangakoon

            4  Riyanjani Ilangakoon + Dhamitha Perera

               5  Shamitha Perera

               5  Preshith Perera

               5  Rishan Perera

        2  S William (Chin) Ilangakoon Mudaliyar (Colombo) + Lillian Augusta Obeyesekere (3051)

          3 Christophel Panini Illangakoon (b:26/11/1919, d:10/2/1989), STC ,MP for Weligama 1956-60, 1970-77 + (1) Effie Samarakkody

             4  Panini Illangakoon (Jr)

          3  Christophel Panini Ilangakoon (b26/11/1919-d10/2/1989)MP for Weligama +(2)Lilly Goonasekere

             4  Dr Gamini Ilangakoon (International Lawyer) + Deepthi Ilangakoon

                 5  Sanka Ilangakoon

                 5  Sulakna  Ilangakoon

          3  Surangani Ilangakoon

          3  Mahnil Lilette + Roland Hugh Dias Abeysinghe

            4  Ayunil Dias Abeysinghe

            4  Jayanthi Dias Abeysinghe

       2  JW Ronald Ilangakoon + Anette Lena Dias Bandaranaike (daughter of Felix Reginold Dias Bandaranaike 1861-1947) He was the 1st Sinhalese Attorney General  He married in 1914 (1001)

         3  Ronald Neil Ilangakoon + Lynette de Alwis(d9/8/2003)

           4  Nelunika Sheami Rowena + DEW Perera(Dayantha)

              5  Karen Shanya Ilangakoon Perera

              5  Sheena Tiyani Ilangakoon Perera

              5  David Janik Ilangakoon Perera

        3  Nanette Christine Ilangakoon (d2006) + ECG Wickremasinghe

           4  Ranmohan Gitendra Wickremasinghe

           4  Christopher Ravindra Wickremasinghe

       3  Anthea Veronica Ilangakoon + Ine

       3  Philip Ralph Ilangakoon

       3  Glendora Anne Ilangakoon + Gertrude

       3  Esther Hope Ilangakoon + Quintus Tennakoon

          4  Nirmalie Serena Tennekoon                                                                                                                                             

          4  Deepthi Christine Tennekoon + Palitha Senanayake               

C) Nihal Ilangakoon

D) James Alfred Ilangakoon Mudaliyar (Police Inspector Gampola)

E) JH Ilangakoon – nature writer Matara

F) Mrs Fredricka Cecilia Dias Ilangakoon of Matara alive in 1889, friend of Col Olcott, helped to develop Buddhism.

G) Daughter of PAC Ilangakoon + George Silva


Carl Sepala Ilangakoon                   M L C Ilangakoon                           Panini Ilangakoon

JW Ronald Ilangakoon + Annette Dias Bandaranaike


1) Some Sinhalese families part 4 by Sir Paul Pieris

2) Chieftains of Ceylon by JC Van Sanden

3) 20th Centuary Impressions of Ceylon

4) Relative Merits –Yasmine Gooneratne

Prepared by: Manjula de Livera

E-Mail:      manjuladelivera@yahoo com au

Date: 17 March 2011                                 

In order to add to the main family tree, it is appreciated if some one can give information of the parents, grand parents and great grand parents of the following relatives

JV Ilangakoon  Mudaliyar of Welgam Korale,Jhon Henry Ilangakoon Mudaliyar,Michael Llewelyn- Christopher Ilangakoon,Merril Ilangakoon,Nihal Ilangakoon,JH Ilangakoon,Mrs Fredricka Cecilia -Ilangakoon

Additional information is welcome for review and update                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


1  Ekanayake

2  Don Constantyn Madera de Basto Ekanayake, d:1708

   3  Don Constantyn Wijediwakara Ekanatake Mudaliyar + Dona Maria Tennekoon

   3  Dona Louisa Wijediwakara Ekanayake + Joan de Astro Siriwardena Wijeykoon Mudaliyar

      4  Dona Juana Siriwardene Wijekoon + Wickremasinghe Senewiratne Mudaliyar

         5  Dona Juana Wickremasinghe Senewiratne + Don Matthes Ilangakoon

            6  Dona Laurensia Ilangakoon

            6  Don Theodoos Ilangakoon, Kodituwakku Muhandiram and also Senewiratne Ilangakoon Muhandiram of the Springkhandraggers + Claudina Perera Ekanayake

      4  Dona Jebella (Sibillia) Siriwardene Wijekoon  + Don laurenso Navaratne

         5  Dona Maria Madere de Basto Navaratne + Don Constantyn Tilakaratne (also married Dona Laurensia Wijesinha, who survived him)

      4  Dona Clara Siriwardene Wijekoon + Don Gaspar Wickremasinha Senewiratne

   3  Don Gaspar Wanigasekera Abeyratne Mudaliyar + Dona Laurentina Navaratne

1  Weerasuriar

2  Don Davith Jayatilleke Weerasuriya Mudaliyar

   3  Dona Catherina Weerasuriya + Don Simon Wijewardene Tennekoon Mudaliyar, m:1741

      4  Dona Catherina Tennekoon + Don Juan Ilangakoon Maha Mudaliyar

         5  Davith Ilangakoon

         5  Catharina Ilangakoon + Don Thomas Rodrigo

         5  Balthazaar Ilangakoon

         5  Joan Ilangakoon

      4  2nd spouse of Dona Catherina Tennekoon + Don Juan Gunaratne Mudaliyar (no issue)

      4  Johannes Wijewardene Tennekoon Mudaliyar + Dona Ana Gunaratne

   3  Dona Assensia Weerasuriya

      4  Don Theodoos Wijewickrema Senewiratne Mudaliyar

      4  Don Joan de Alwis Abeysiriwickrema Jayawardena Mudaliyar (separated 1789)

Daily News Feb 9 2011

Commemorating Panini Ilangakoon:

Patriot from Ruhuna

Speaker Chamal RAJAPAKSA

We have often heard about politicians being bloated with power. But in our country we have also had political leaders who having achieved power through the vote of the people, in turn serving the people.

Former Member of Parliament for Weligama, Panini Ilangakoon, can be deservedly described as one of those benevolent, prominent men of our land. He is not among us today. Although he passed away 20 years ago, because of his unassuming, affable, unostentatious and benevolent nature, his name and deeds echo and resonate in the ears of the people in Ruhuna.

Panini Ilangakoon

The late Ilangakoon who held an affable and amiable alliance both with the people and his friends was known and called by them often affectionately as Pani. To commemorate such an amiable and benevolent son of the people, who departed from us on February 10, 1989, on his death anniversary, is a deed of gratitude.

Simple qualities

Panini Ilangakoon was the only son of Gate Mudaliyar Simon William Ilangakoon and lady Liliyan Augusta Obeysekera. Pani had inborn, kind, humane and simple qualities which he had inherited from his honourable parents. It was because he possessed a commanding, kind and pleasant personality that were necessary to move and associate with the people that he was so popular.

Ilangakoon’s mother, who was a sister of the mother of the late S W R D Bandaranaike, one of the distinguished political leaders of this country, had instilled into and bequeathed to her only son Panini several good and gentle endowments. Pani was born on November 26, 1919 at Weligama. He received his primary and secondary education at S Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia. Thereafter he continued his education at Bangalore and in the United Kingdom. Having returned to his Motherland he entered politics by being without contest elected as independent member of the Weligama Urban Council in 1947, which was a very significant event in his political career.

He was an ardent anti-imperialist and a patriotic politician who never for a moment thought of being segregated from the people. Ilangakoon was a blood cousin of S W R D Bandaranaike, the founder of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

National hero

He received membership of the SLFP and contested the Weligama seat under the party banner in 1952, unsuccessfully. But in 1956, he was elected MP for Weligama. Although he was defeated in the 1960 and 1965 elections, he was again elected as the MP for Weligama in 1970 with an overwhelming majority. Nineteen Seventy to 1977 was his glorious period in politics. For it was during this period that he got the Weligama Central Public Bus Stand, Divisional Asst. Govt. Agent’s Office. Agricultural Service Centre, building built and opened.

He continued further in serving and nursing his electorate and got school buildings and roadways in the electorate improved. It was on account of his unrelenting and insatiable desire and determination to serve his people that the Urban Council Building at Weligama and the Mirissa Fisheries Harbour have been provided for the electorate.

Which are two mementoes of service he has rendered. Ever since the establishment of these facilities for its inhabitants his name echoes and re-echoes not only in the Weligama electorate but also in the whole of Ruhunu Rata.

To commemorate such a patron of the people who had an innate national feeling at a time when we are celebrating the 63rd anniversary of independence would be analogous to the commemoration of a national hero.

Fitting example

He helped the poor, the rich, friend and foe without discrimination. This outlook of his as a politician is a fitting example to the fact that there need be no rivalry and antagonism in serving the public and in politics.

He never even thought of betraying the trust people had reposed in him as their representative. It is these characteristics that have immortalized him in the Southern Province.

He sympathetically endeavoured, listened and understood the problems of the poor who sought his assistance and voiced their grievances even in Parliament. Ilangakoon, the popular representative of the people, having won the hearts of this people and having united the progressives of the land, died on February 10, 1989 depriving the Ruhuna of a patriotic son.

Today on his 22nd death anniversary we pray that he be reborn amongst us till he attains Nibbana, the supreme bliss.