Valmiki Jayanti, the birth anniversary of poet Valmiki will be observed under the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare at Kuvempu Rangamandir in the city on October 18. The programme will commence at 11 am. Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Rathnakar will inaugurate the programme. Speaker of State Legislative Assembly Kagodu Thimmappa, Chairperson of State Legislative Council D.H. Shankaramurthy, MP B.Y. Raghavendra, member of Rajya Sabha Ayanur Manjunath will be present. H. Rachappa, serving as a lecturer at DVS Evening College will deliver a talk on life and achievement of Valmiki.