2023 Conference Speakers

BAVA has the honour of these illustrious astrologers lecturing at the 2023 Conference:

Sanjay RathSanjay Rath

Sanjay belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan in Puri, Orissa. Internationally renowned and respected, he uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and also incorporates other Jyotish scriptures and sacred Vedic literature in his teachings. Author: Crux of Vedic Astrology, Remedial Measures in Astrology, Narayana Dashas and Jaimini’s Upadesa Sutras. Website www.srath.com

Sarbani Rath

Sarbani Rath is a certified Jaimini Scholar having spent 5 long years to master the secret science in the Himalayas. She has been practicing mantras and ritual puja ever since she learnt it from the wise sannyasinis of Sri Sarada Math.She has received diksha at the feet of Revered Pravrajika.Shraddhaprana Mataji. She is a jyotish guru of Sri Jagannath Center (SJC) and the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications. She is presently teaching the Jaimini Scholar Programme. Website http://sarbani.com/

komilla sutton 2019Komilla Sutton

Komilla Sutton is co-Founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. She is on the Faculty of American College of Vedic Astrology and was on the Council of Astrological Association of Great Britain. She is one of the pioneers of Vedic Astrology in the West. She was awarded Jyotish Vachaspati from the Indian council of Astrology (ICAS) in recognition for her work in Jyotish. Her life work is to make this ancient knowledge more accessible and build bridges between the East and West.  She has leading trips to India since 1999 and from 2013 she is sponsoring annual Vedic Astrology Conferences with the aim to promote new generation of Jyotish Masters and encourage their interaction with seasoned Masters of Jyotish knowledge.

Author: Nakshatra: Stars beyond the Zodiac, Personal Panchanga, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes- Crisis and Redemption, Vedic Love Signs and Vedic Astrology.

Website: www.Komilla.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/KomillaSuttonVedicAstrology

Andrew FossAndrew Foss, PhD

Andrew is the co-Founder and Founding President of the BAVA, Editor of the BAVA Journal Gochara and is a certified Jyotish Pandit and Jaimini Scholar, the highest professional certifications in Vedic Astrology involving about a decade of intensive study. He has a PhD in Computing Science and is also an Oxford physics graduate with publications in Nature and other leading scientific journals. He has developed the unique, easy and powerful software Shri Jyoti Star that has become the first choice amongst Vedic Astrologers around the world. He is the author of the acclaimed book and ebook series Yoga of the Planets. He enjoys a deep love of music, art and poetry and has more than 30 years experience studying and teaching the Vedic wisdom around the world.

Author: Shri Jyoti Star and Yoga of the Planets.

Website: www.vedicsoftware.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/vedicsoftware

geoffrey pearce

Geoffrey Pearce

Geoffrey Pearce is a Chartered Accountant who started learning Vedic Astrology in 1986 at the School of Philosophy and Economic Science in London where the Indian spiritual system of Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit are taught.  His Jyotish teacher was Hart deFouw.  He was Head of the School’s Astrology Faculty from 1994 to 2019.  Over the years, he has given many public talks  and taught numerous Jyotish classes in London, Birmingham and Guildford and more recently over the internet.  He is Treasurer and Council member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology from whom he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.  Currently he is finishing a book entitled “Principles of Vedic Astrology – The Brilliant Indian System for Determining our Karma”. www.vediccharts.co.uk

Gordon BrennanGordon Brennan

Gordon is a long time student of Vedic Astrology and teaches BAVA’s Beginners Course. Gordon specialises in mundane astrology and has written many articles on world affairs for Gochara that are published on this website.

He supplies Vedic books for BAVA and leads a study group in London and teaches Vedic astrology online. His website is https://www.gordonbrennan.com/

Keiko Ito

After studying western Astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Vedic Astrology in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko has been part of the faculty at the Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology in India, the BAVA Conference in London, the Annual Vedic Astrology Conference at Sivananda Yoga Farm in California and the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference in Sedona, Arizona, USA. She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and worldwide.

Visti Larsen

Visti Larsen began studying Western Astrology in his spare time during his secondary education, a journey he began upon hearing the mention of the word ‘Ascendant’. He has been studying Astrology since an early age, beginning with Western Tropical Astrology and since migrating to Vedic Astrology or Jyotish. During his higher studies Visti came under the tutelage of Pt. Sanjay Rath, belonging to the tradition of Shri Achyutananda Dasa.

Being taught in the ancient ways of the Parampara, besides Jyotish, he has been educated in several aspects of ancient Vedic knowledge, comprising topics of philosophy, Mantra Shastra, Sanskrit, Upasana and allied fields. The ancient texts that he learned, and relies on, are that of Gita, Upanishad, Purana and Veda. Presently he is active with performing Jyotish consultations, translating and decoding ancient Jyotish scripture for publication. http://srigaruda.com

Vijaya Subramanian

Vijaya had a successful 17 year career as investment professional. She is a practising Vedic astrologer and has obtained the certificate of Jyotisha Pandita, after studying the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra with her Guru Pandit Sanjay Rath. She is currently enrolled with him to study the Jaimini Sutras and Mantra Sastra. She is studying Vedanta under the guidance of Swami Parmarthananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda of Arsha Vidya, and is also pursuing Sanskrit studies in SOAS University, London. www.vijayajyoti.com

Pandit Sharma C.S. Samavedula

Pandit Sharma is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit and a Shri Vidya Upasaka. In 1990, after 12 years of study, Pandit Sharma received his Master’s Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). During this time he learnt the grammar and other aspects of Sanskrit and the performance of different kinds of pujas and yagyas.

In 2002, he founded the Vedic Yagya Center located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India and Fairfield, Iowa. His Center offers to individuals, organizations and businesses Vedic yagyas (sacred ceremonies), homams (ancient fire ceremonies), and pujas as prescribed in the Vedas and Shastras, the holy Indian scriptures. By utilizing the sound vibrations of specific Sanskrit mantras, these performances can help alleviate many problems of our modern times. Website www.vydic.org

Bill Sinclair

Ramdas Bill began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002 with Ronnie Dreyer and continues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton. He holds a Level 1 Jyotisha Ratna™ Beginning Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. He was awarded the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India.

In 2019 Ramdas Bill joined the Steering Committee for the American College of Vedic Astrology and also serves as a Faculty Member.

He has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) Degree from NYU and maintains a private therapy practice in Seattle, Washington. His website is https://billsinclair.com

Paul Barker

Paul is the President of the Leeds Theosophical Society. He has studied Jyotish with leading gurus since 2005.

Paul has spoken several times at the BAVA Conference. He is a Jaimini and Parasara student under Pandit Sanjay Rath, and also studies Bhrigu astrology. His website is https://www.vedicconferences.com/

Niranjan Babu

A renowned international consultant in Vastu and Astrology, Bangalore Niranjan Babu hails from a dynasty of scholars in Astrology, Mantra Sastra, Yagnas and related fields and the son of Dr. B. V. Raman , the world’s great astrologer.

Niranjan Babu is held in high esteem by famous achievers, prominent religious institutions and spiritual leaders with a worldwide following, and corporate houses all of whom have consulted him for Vastu and Astrology.

He has authored international vastu bestsellers in English, like Handbook of Vastu, Vastu Relevance to Modern Times, Vastu FAQs Answered and Vastu — Directional Influences on Human Affairs. His vastu books have also been translated and published in several regional languages of India like Kannada and Malayalam.

Raman Suprajarama

Raman Suprajarama is the grandson of the renowned Dr. B. V. Raman who trained him in Vedic Astrology by Dr. B. V. Raman as well as Vastu Shastra by his father, Niranjan Babu. He has been studying and practicing Vedic astrology from a very young age. He is the senior editor of The Astrological eMagazine. His editorials include forecasts in Political events, Future of Countries, Elections, Financial Astrology, and more. He consults and teaches. He is also an expert in Data Science. He has implemented highly complex and large scale Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning projects for more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies. https://www.astrologicalmagazine.com

Dr Vijay GoelDr Vijay Goel

Dr Vijay Goel is a synonym to accuracy and precision. His predictions in astrology with an experience of over the last 25 years in Vedic astrology has paved way for several businesses and individuals to plan better for contingencies and adverse time in one’s life. With renowned customers like the Citi Bank, Rajasthan Patrika, Omaxe Group, Dainik Bhaskar, Shakun, Mukesh Exhibitions, Incense Media and ISKON Temple Jaipur, Pandit Vijay Goel continues to apply his knowledge by combining it with deep spiritual disciplines like Yoga and meditation.

He has taught Vedic Astrology to hundreds of students under the Banner of Rajasthan Patrika in past from 2003 to 2014. He has also given many online and personal coaching.

Under his guidance of Vastu Sastra, many iconic building like Hotel Shakun Emporia, Shakun Tower, Akshay Patra temple, Jagatpura, many other temples, industries are built. His website is https://astrologer-vijay-goel.business.site/


Ksanati is a Graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute and Drexel University. He studied with Mahadev Levine, Simon Chokoisky, as well as Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM.

He is Faculty and teaches annual workshops at The Blissful Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference. He currently practices in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Online.

His most passionate topics include How to Improve Our Planetary Karma with ancient, contemporary, ayurvedic, and practical remedies. He also has profound passion and has done research in the areas of Nakshatra, specifically Nakṣhatra Devata and their divine influence. He also teaches and does consultations for Vedic Astro Cartography, and loves how to use geography for our greatest prosperity, love, and spiritual evolution. https://JyotishAstrology.org

EK Dhilip Kumar

Well-known Chennai Jyotishi, EK Dhilip Kumar, has an MS, worked in IT and was a champion in chess and weightlifting.

He has been doing research and consulting in Jyotish since 1995 and has lectured across Europe and Asia.

Contact him at https://www.astroekdk.com/