Bollywood diva Bispasha Basu will this year's star attraction at the state-sponsored yoga day celebrations at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on June 21.

Last year, it was Shilpa Shetty who made an appearance at the same event.

However, some yoga enthusiasts are unhappy with the state government’s decision to market yoga to attract people. They claim that yoga doesn’t require filmy promotion especially from a Bollywood actress who is famous for her item songs and obscene characters. 

“Yoga has got an international reputation. Even big nations like the US have realised its significance. In order to promote this practice, the state government has opted for a for a cheap gimmick. Couldn’t the government find a reputable yoga guru from within the state?” said a yoga practitioner. 

CM Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the function on June 21 at 7 am. Cabinet ministers Roshan Baig, G Parameshwara, TB Jayachandra, KJ George, Ramalinga Reddy, and others too will be participating in the event. Anantha Kumar, DV Sadananda Gowda, PC Mohan will be special guests at the function. 

Yoga guru Vachanananda has taken the initiative to organise the function on behalf of the state government. He said, "Bipasha Basu is also an admirer of yoga and a yoga practitioner."

It has been alleged that the government is paying ₹25 lakh to Bipasha.