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.