Miss World and actor Aishwarya Rai was not paid any money for her participation at the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana, this was stated by
Agriculture minister Umesh Katti. Special flight arrangements were made for her to fly to and back to Mumbai but no money was paid. This statement has importance as there were reports in the media of she being a hefty amount for her participation. About 40 crores were spent on the event and by the response it has evoked, it was grand success even tough there were some problems with payments to artists who had performed added the minister.
Rs. 2.34 crore had been set aside as honorarium to the various artists who had perfomed during the event.