D. D. Karunaratne

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Meneripitiya Appuhamillage Don David Karunaratne was a Ceylonese politician.[1][2]

Karunaratne was elected to parliament at the 1st parliamentary election, representing the United National Party (UNP), for the Gampaha electorate.[3] He secured 11,786 votes (38% of the total vote), 3,370 votes ahead of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party candidate, C. A. Mathew, who received 27% of the total vote.[4]

Karunaratne had two daughters, Chandra Charlotte and Edith. Chandra married Percy Jayakoda, who was the MP for Divulapitiya.[5][6]

Karunaratne was a wealthy landowner in the Gampaha District, owning a number of coconut and rubber plantations; in the 1930s he constructed a palatial walauwa, called Agra, in Bendiyamulla. The 1966 film Parasathu Mal, directed by Gamini Fonseka, was filmed on the property; in 1978 the Gampaha District Secretariat purchased the dwelling and 4.9 ha (12 acres) for Rs 15,300,000 and converted it into government offices, to house the secretariat.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Hon. Karunaratne, Meneripitiya Appuhamillage Don David, M.P." Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Jātika Rājya Sabhāva. Pustakālaya (1972). Members of the Legislatures of Ceylon: 1931-1972. National State Assembly Library. p. 154. 
  3. ^ "University of Ceylon Review". 6. University of Ceylon. 1948: 169. 
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Obituaries". Daily News. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Her equanimity was remarkable: Mrs. Pearlie Gunawardena – All in the Family". The Island. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Edirisinghe, Nimna (20 March 2005). "The walauwe behind award winning film". The Island. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "A Stately Home acquired". Ceylon Today. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.