|උපත||ජුනි 21, 1927
මුදුන්ගොමුව,රුවන්වැල්ල, ශ්රී ලංකාව
|ජාතිකත්වය||ශ්රී ලංකාව Sri Lankan|
|වෙනත් නම්||අයිරාංගනී රොක්සානා මීදෙණිය|
|අධ්යාපනය||ශාන්ත බ්රිජට් කන්යාරාමය
උසස් බාලිකා විද්යාල,මහනුවර
|රැකියාව||ගුරු වෘත්තිය(මියුසියස් විද්යාලය)ජනමාධ්යවේදී(ටයිම්ස් ආයතනයේ)රංගනය|
|දරුවෝ||රවී සේරසිංහ, රංජිත් සේරසිංහ|
අඩවියෙන් බැහැර පිටු[සංස්කරණය]
Growing up in a remote village near Ruwanwella, being outdoors was the norm for Irangani (or Chandi as she is fondly called) and her siblings. Occasionally for live entertainment, a sort of circus came to the village with various performances under a huge tent. Chandiís star acts were the animated ëBombay dancingí and the tabla player. At home, she would mimic what she viewed at the shows as well as imitate characters she encountered in her daily life. ìI became a bit of a clown really,î she smiles. Perhaps it was thus inevitable for this little chandiya to pursue a career in acting. ìNot quite. I never wanted to be an actress and I never thought of myself as one. My great ambition was to get married and have babies. I just love babies,î she confesses.
Irangani began schooling in Colombo at the St Bridgetís nursery and then transferred to Bishopís College where she completed the SSC (the equivalent of t he Ordinary Level examinations). She found learning a delight as it was not a competitive scholastic environment and the teachers were a great encouragement. Irangani was appointed sports captain and tennis captain, and played on the college netball and tennis teams during her school career. She began swimming when she was about seven years old and would train every Saturday at the St Thomasí College Mt Lavinia pool with the Bishopís College girls.
Irangani and her sisters resided in the schoolís boarding during the academic year but always wanted to return home. On hindsight she feels that it was a good experience because she made great friends and was taught discipline at a young age (which she most certainly needed!). One day, she told the school principal that she was leaving the boarding and came home. (Normal procedure required the childís parents to officially inform the school authorities.)
Albeit no one thought of higher studies at that time, the strong-willed teenager was determined to complete a university degree. So for her HSC (the equivalent of the Advance Level), Irangani went to the Girlsí High School in Kandy where she also applied to sit the university entrance exam, which she passed. Breaking this news to her father was a terrible task and he was not at all pleased. She remembers his exact words: ìYouíre not going into that den of iniquity.î Irangani went on a hunger strike and pleaded until finally her father relented. She entered the Colombo University in 1947 to follow her three-year general degree in the Arts studying History, English and Economics.
Straight after university, Irangani taught for a year at Musaeus College in Colombo. She liked teaching but the principal felt she ëhad missed her vocationí. This was because Iranganiís attempt to teach her students about snow somewhat backfired after she described it as similar to soap flakes. The next day, the children stood on tables and chairs sprinkling soap flakes around the classroom, exclaiming, ìLook miss, itís snowing!î Obviously, this did not go down well with the school officials and the hilarious incident is remembered to this day.