Personal Information
Born:4th March 1936
Died:21st October 2005
Nationality:Sri Lankan
Education:S. Thomas College, Preparatory School, Bandarawela, St. Paul's School, London, England, Oxford University
Occupation:Advocate and Member of Parliament
Parents:Sir Claude Corea and Lady Lylie Corea

In Chilaw, Harindra Mawatha is named after Harindra Corea


HARINDRA JAYANTHA COREA (4th March 1936 - 21st October 2005), attended S. Thomas College Preparatory School, Bandarawela, Ceylon and St. Paul's School, London, England. He went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at University College, University of Oxford. He was then called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple. He was also an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon, Sri Lanka and an Attorney-at-Law.

He served as a Member of Parliament (1977-1994 and 1998-2001) and Deputy Minister of Public Administration (1980-1989), Acting Minister of Justice (1984), Minister of State for Posts and Telecommunications (1989- 1990), Minister of Telecommunications Development (1990-1994) and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2001).

He was a Member of the following committees during his Parliamentary career:

  • Select Committee on the Reform of the Constitution (1978)  
  • Select Committee on Public Enterprise (1979-1986)
  • Select Committee on Public Accounts (1994) and Chairman Designate (August 1994)
  • Select Committee on Ways and Means to Achieve Peace (Managala Moonesinghe Committee) (1990-1994) 
  • Parliamentary Advisory Committees on Foreign Affairs, Finance and Justice
  • Treasurer, Sri Lankan Korean Parliamentarians Friendship Association 
  • Sri Lanka Inter Parliamentary Union Delegations, in Geneva (1984) and New Delhi (1993) 
  • Member of Sri Lankan Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, October to December (1980) 
  • Special Cabinet Emissary to seven countries, to report on Sri Lankans employed in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman), December 1978-January 1979
  • Member of UNDP sponsored Parliamentary delegation to United Kingdom, France, United States of America, Costa Rica, Japan, Thailand and Singapore (1981)

He was the author of "Freedom what then Ceylon since Independence 1947-1959" (published in February 1960) and was also a Guest Columnist of Political and Economic Affairs, for the Ceylon Daily Mirror (1973-1975).

He was an accomplished jazz musician. Chamikara Weerasinghe, writing in the Daily News in Sri Lanka, observed that 'Among those who promoted jazz music in Sri Lanka are Tommy Perera, Tita Nathaniez, Mahes Perera, former Minister Harindra Corea and Bala Namasivayam'.


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