Tissa Devendra

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Tissa Devendra
Died23rd June 2023
NationalitySri Lankan
Alma mater Nalanda College, Colombo
Dharmaraja College<bt>Ananda College, Colombo
University of Ceylon
University of Cambridge

Deshamanya Tissa Devendra [1] was a writer and retired civil servant.


Childhood & education

Devendra received his education from Dharmaraja College, Nalanda College, Colombo [2] and Ananda College Colombo. He later graduated from University of Ceylon and University of Cambridge.


Devendra's career in the public service started in 1953 as a District Land Officer. Later was General Manager of the River Valleys Development Project in Walawe.

Devendra served 40 years in the public service and was the Government Agent in Matara, Trincomalee and Jaffna. He also held positions as Chairman of the Public Service Commission, and Chairman of the Salaries Commission. First President of the Colombo University Alumni Association. Tissa also served as National Expert for the FAO and United Nations.


Devendra was an author and wrote a number of books, in both Sinhalese and English. His book Tales from the Provinces was short-listed for the Gratiaen Prize in 1998.[ citation needed ] Devendra was also a reviewer of English films along with the late Regi Siriwardena, Donald Abeysinghe, and Mervyn De Silva.

Devendra scripted a television documentary on George Keyt in 1987. His published books include:

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  2. Jayawardane, Ishara (9 October 2012). "Public Servant - Extraordinary". Daily News . Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited . Retrieved 19 May 2022.