2024 Conference Speakers

BAVA has the honour of these illustrious astrologers lecturing at the 2024 Conference:

Sanjay RathPandit Sanjay 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 https://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

Dr KS Charak

Dr. Charak is Senior Consultant and Head of the Department of Surgery in Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, a prestigious institute in South Delhi. He also conducts free surgical camps in deprived areas. He has written many books on Jyotish. These are A Textbook of Varshaphala, Yogas in Astrology, Elements of Vedic Astrology (2-vol. set), Laghu Jatakam, Predictive Varshaphala, Essentials of Medical Astrology, Predictive Medical Astrology, Jatakalankara and Surya: The Sun God. https://arshajyotish.com

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. keikoshanti.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

Steve HubballSteve Hubball Phd

Steve has been practising Jyotish professionally for over 20 years, is a Life Member of the CVA, and experienced teacher of the advanced Jaimini Scholar Program, originally taught by Pandit Sanjay Rath.  Steve has published over 30 articles in notable astrological journals, and is the UK Director for Dirah Academy International, specialising in teaching correspondence courses in Vedic Astrology.

Steve is also an experienced counsellor, life coach and yoga teacher, and has practised Transcendental Meditation for over 37 years. Steve is also available for private consultations. See www.vedic-astrology.org.uk

Mariella Cassar

Mariella is an experienced astrologer with an international client base. She is a Fellow as well as a past Treasurer of the Association of Professional Astrologers International.  She qualified with the Faculty of Astrological Studies, and also has a post-graduate qualification in Astrological Counseling.

She trained in Vedic Astrology with Pandit Sanjay Rath and completed two 5 year courses in Parasara and Jaimini Jyotish and is a Pandita and Jaimini Scholar. Mariella is now BAVA Treasurer. Her website is www.mariellacassar.co.uk

Natalia Fedorova

Natalia Fedorova has graduated Lomonosov Moscow State University with degree in Computer and Mathematics Sciences and for many years has been working in area of Information Technologies.
She studies Vedic Astrology since 2012; since 2015 she is a student of Pandit Sanjay Rath, and in 2023 she was certified as Jyotiṣa Pandita in Parāśara Jyotiṣa Program by Devaguru Brihaspati Center. She is also studying at Jaimini Scholar and Mantra Śāstra Programs and learning Sanskrit.
Natalia has translated Bṛhat Nakṣatra book of Pandit Sanjay Rath into Russian language and now is working on translation of her Guru’s other books. https://saptamatrika.ru/en

Sat Siri Khalsa

A full-time practitioner of Vedic Astrology and an honors graduate of Harvard University. Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, the lore of light, is the ancient cosmology that is at the stem of astronomy, quantum physics, Ayurvedic medicine, math, numerology, and Western astrology.

Sat Siri has lectured around the world on various topics including spiritual astrology, financial astrology, and how to time and predict events. https://satsirikhalsa.com/

Adam Smith

My Yoga practice predates my involvement with any form of astrology, and I have been meditating regularly since 1985. This includes the advanced TM-Sidhis program, which is a valuable tool for developing self-awareness and intuition. Jyotish is intimately bound up with a Yogic lifestyle, and there is a virtual 50-50 split between technique and consciousness.

I am working directly with Pandit Lakshmi Shankar Shukla to offer authentic Vedic Astrology consultations and services. You can view and participate in ritual yagya performances, brought to you from Varanasi, India, the fountainhead of the Vedic tradition.

Adam is based in north London and available for readings privately and public speaking and teaching. One-to-one sessions are always very rewarding, especially when people say the astrology has really helped.  https://www.astrovedas.com