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‘Kuttan’ Of Galle Face Hotel Turns 91

Chairman, Ceylon Hotel’s Corporation, Lakshman Samarasinghe handing over a gift to Kuttan

Sri Lanka’s legendary doorman, K.Chattu Kuttan at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo celebrated his  91st birthday on February 15. He has been part of Galle Face Hotel’s culture from as far back as 1942.

Kuttan is undoubtedly one of the oldest serving employees in the hospitality industry in the world. Born in 1920, Kuttan has served the Galle Face Hotel loyally and diligently and – in 2010 – he completed his 68th year at the hotel.

Kuttan when recalling his memories as a waiter said he had served dignitaries like Lord Mountbatten, Princess Elizabeth, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi, Yuri Gagarin and Arthur C. Clarke. Kuttan’s humble greetings, broad smile the characteristic moustache make him a personality you cannot forget.

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