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Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne turns 80 today!

Dr.A.T. Ariyaratne Dr. A.T. Ariyaratene, the founder president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, is turning eighty today. Ariyaratne has been called the Gandhi of Sri Lanka and has created one of the worlds preeminent examples of a religious and village-based movement. He has worked tirelessly for the past fifty-three years to build the Sarvodaya Movement based on Gandhian and Buddhist principles.

Sarvodaya’s success is known worldwide thanks to Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne. His village-based movement currently works in over 15,00 villages throughout Sri Lanka and is focused on an integrated approach to grassroots organizing for rural development and spiritual awakening.

Sarvodaya staff and families in Moratuwa gathered yesterday and today to celebrate this momentous occasion with ceremonies such as the ‘pirith’ (a Buddhist chanting ceremony) and an alms giving (offering of a meal) to 80 Buddhist monks and nuns.

The main felicitation event in honor of Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne’s 80th birthday will be held on the evening of Nov. 8th at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of the Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D.M.Jayarathne and over 2,000 invitees and Sarvodaya community leaders.

Sarvodaya invites all to share birthday wishes with Dr.Ari on this blog site:


  1. Karu Gamage

    I wish Dr. Ari a wonderful birthday. He is the living legend of volunteerism in Sri Lanka and inspired more and more not only in the country but also globally for total development. I was so fortunate to follow him and learn a lot from him for my life and commitment for service. May he enjoy the best health and happiness to be the icon of community service.
    Founder, Janoda Foundation.

  2. Jasmina

    This summer 2011, I had an honour and great opportunity to meet Dr. Ariyaratne. His humbleness and positive energy made strong impression on me. I am thankful what he did for his people and I wish many young generation could follow his example.

    Happy birthday, i wish you a good health, harmony and much more happiness to come!

    Jasmina (Serbia), Vlrick Management school Belgium

  3. Heide Broll

    Once again felicitations for Dr. A.T.Ariyaratne. The German group of Sarvodaya has planted a tree and organized an exhibition to honour his work and life.
    May the triple gem bless him always
    Heide Broll

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