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Indian-origin hotel doorman Kottarapattu Chattu died

Sri Lanka’s oldest hotel doorman, Kuttan died. He served world leaders like Lord Mountbatten, Princess Elizabeth, Mahatma Gandhi and others.

Nov 20, 2014 17:33 IST
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Kottarapattu Chattu Kuttan of the venerable Galle Face Hotel in Colombo died on 18 November 2014 after a brief illness. He was 94.

He was Sri Lanka's oldest hotel doorman, who served world leaders like Lord Mountbatten, Princess Elizabeth, Emperor Hirohito, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Richard Nixon at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo for 72 years

The Galle Face Hotel, founded in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1864, is the oldest hotel east of Suez.


About Kottarapattu Chattu Kuttan

• He was born in a village of Trichur district of Kerala
• He was a doorman at the Galle Face Hotel and made history for being one of the oldest hotel employees in the world
• He was sported with badges from all over the world
• He left Kerala at the age of 17 and reached Talaimannar pier in Sri Lanka’s western coast in 1938
• He joined the hotel as a bell boy cum waiter in 1942 and served it till his death
• He was a trademark of the Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry as well as the Galle Face Hotel
• His photograph adorned the cover pages of many travel magazines all over the world

 

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