Submitted by Subeditor on Sun, 2016-01-10 11:23 Chennai: A declared and practising atheist in former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was prudent enough to pay obeisance to Lord Balaji of Tirumala when his “representatives” came calling on him on Thursday. Karunanidhi hosted a delegation of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) led by its chairman C Krishnamurthy that came calling on him at his Gopalapuram residence in central Chennai on Thursday night. Priests from TTD temple in T Nagar in Chennai, a branch of TTD, Tirupati, and vedic scholars who accompanied the delegation launched into a throaty rendition of Srinivasa Gadyam – a traditional blessing from the Lord Balaji. They also performed vedic chants that Karunanidhi listened to with rapt attention. Karunanidhi, said one of the delegation member, Krishna Rao of TTD, Chennai, thanked the scholars and priests for their veda aseervachanams (vedic blessings).The TTD delegation brought with it the famed Tirupati Laddu as prasadam, and handed it over to Karunanidhi and made a request that he perhaps could not refuse, given the occasion. Coming on the eve of crucial general elections to state assembly, so to speak, even the atheist in Karunanidhi could not refuse a request from Lord Balaji’s representatives. The TTD officials and priests had come with a specific request – dubbing and telecast rights for the TTD run television channels SVBC of a television serial on Ramanujar that airs on Kalaignar TV owned by the family of Karunanidhi. The Tamil historical soap opera is scripted by Karunanidhi himself and completed 100 episodes in October. The story revolves around the life of the Vaishnavite Acharya, Ramanujar and his contributions to the Hindu religion. TTD Chennai member Krishna Rao said Karunanidhi was very receptive to the idea and had readily promised to allow dubbing rights to the SVBC, tv channel owned and operated by the TTD and that too free of cost. Few other private TV channels like Gemini and Maa TV had also approached the Kalaignar tv for the rights of this popular serial earlier.