A musical prodigy from Sri Lanka who has composed over 1,000 songs for ballets, films, the stage and countless radio and TV programs. His body of work espoused melodious, lyrical, haunting songs of patriotism, beauty, faith, passion, and love, and is uniquely Sri Lankan.
Awardees from 2001
Abandoned law school to become an underground labor organizer, dedicating her life to working for reforms that benefit Indonesia’s workers
A Japanese painter famous for Silk Road paintings of dreamy desert landscapes in Iran, Iraq, and China
Executive director of the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) who spent thirteen years of her youth in a Thai refugee camp
An Indian community organizer that mobilized rural villagers from Rajasthan to rehabilitate dormant rivers back to life
A Chinese feminist activist and English language professor, and a seven-term district-level congress member
An esteemed and well-regarded “Father of Hybrid Rice” who pioneered scientific agricultural research, developing the genetic materials and technologies essential for breeding high-yielding hybrid rice varieties, that has helped transform China from food deficiency to food security within three decades