Former PA Minister Srimani Anoma Athulathmudali (58) died at a
private hospital in Colombo yesterday (1) after a brief illness.
Widow of the former National Security Minister Lalith
Athulathmudali, she entered active politics after Lalith was assassinated in the
run-up to provincial council elections in 1993.
She contested the Colombo District at the August 1994
parliamentary elections and was appointed Minister of Transport, Environment and
Women’s Affairs. She contested as the DUNF (Lalith Faction) leader and succeeded
in polling over 150,000 preferences in the hotly contested Colombo district.
Several years later she quit the PA over differences with the
top SLFP leadership. Srimani had her education at Ladies’ College, Colombo where
she passed her GCE (OL) and the Lady Erwin’s course and passed her examinations at
the Rodgers Finishing School for Ladies.
At Ladies’ College, she had been Secretary of the Student
Christian Movement. She had been a member of the College choir. She had been a
keen athlete and excelled in several events and was one of the founder members of
the Soroptimists club and several other organizations.
She had been with the Grants Advertising as a media assistant
before joining the Ceylon Hotels Corporation.
Subsequently she joined the UNCTAD in Geneva. She married
Lalith in 1982 and they were blessed with a daughter (Serala) in 1983. She
established the Lalith Athulathmudali foundation in 1993, a few months after he