Kuttan no more

2014-11-18 12:19:56

Country’s legendary doorman, Kottarapattu Chattu Kuttan or known as Kuttan at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo passed away peacefully this morning.


Left from his village in Trichur in Kerala, when he was 17 year-old, he reached Talaimannar pier in Sri Lanka’s western coast in 1938 looking for a job.


Joining the hotel as a bell boy cum waiter in 1942, he continued to serve until his death.


Kuttan, who served dignitaries like Lord Mountbatten, Princess Elizabeth, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahthma Gandhi, Yuri Gagarin and Arthur C. Clarke celebrated his 91st birthday on February 15.


He has been part of the Galle Face Hotel’s culture from as far back as 1942.


Kuttan virtually becames the trade mark of the Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry as well as the Galle Face Hotel as his photograph has adorned the cover pages of many travel magazines all over the world.

  Comments - 18

  • Fathi Thahire Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:18

    May your soul Rest in Peace.....Sir. You deserve to be called that. May the best place in heaven be yours.....Amen.

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    n.satish Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:27

    A simple humble man .Pride in his job Loved to talk in his native malayalam to people whom he couldRIP

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    Kandiah Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:27

    great man who loved his job. Unlike our Politicians he worked for his family.

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    Nadun Tharindu Nagodawithana Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:34

    He was a good man..RIP !!!

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    INDRAJIT Tuesday, 18 November 2014 23:39

    Pray for his Rest in peace. We salute his contribution to Sri Lanka Tourisum. He is icon of Sri Lanka hospitality industry.

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    criz Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:02

    Rest in peace via DM Android App

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    Indira Perera Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:44

    Sad to hear this news. May his soul rest in peace.

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    Keerthi Wijesinghe, Vancouver Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:28

    The trade mark of the Sri Lankas hospitality industry as well as the interracial friendship.

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    Ranee Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:49

    Kuttan was a humble person who took pride in his work and combined humility with pride by his dedication to serve Galle Face Hotel, its residents and guests so graciously. Sir Kuttan deserved to be Knighted ... He will be rewarded in Heaven. May His soul Rest In Peace.

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    Sridharan p Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:11

    It is really sad to hear this news. All over the world they talk of this great gent

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    Tissa Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:34

    Late uncle Kuttan gave an unforgettable welcome to the visitors from the bottom of his heart.Big loss for Galle Face Hotel and the tourist industry. May he attain the eternal bliss of Nirvana

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    Rhonda Taylor Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:16

    Kuttan, remembered with affection during the years we served at the Galle Face Hotel.May God grant you eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon your soul.

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    ashley Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:03 sad ..

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    Tilak Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:06

    Symbol of the Galle Face Hotel! May he attain nirvana!

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    noorrox Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:37

    R.I.P Kuttan.. It was a honor working with you @ Galle Face Hotel

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    Jane Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:17

    May his soul rest in peace !

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    Farook Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:30

    May his soul rest in peace.

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    Chandana Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:25

    May you rest in peace the legend who almost served GFC for 72 years!!!!

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