Raman, Bangalore Venkata (1912-1998)

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Raman, Bangalore Venkata (1912-1998)

Prominent Indian astrologer, born in Madras, India, on August 12, 1912. His grandfather B. Suryanarain Rao was also a prominent astrologer. In 1930 Raman became coeditor with his grandfather of The Astrological Magazine, founded by Rao in 1895, and gradually assumed complete control of it and of Raman Publications, an astrological publishing house in Bangalore. He published his first book, A Manual of Hindu Astrology, in 1935.

Raman spent his life writing on astrology, challenging the Western scientific view of the field as a pseudoscience or under the umbrella of occultism. After World War II his works began to circulate in England and the United States, introducing Vedic astrology to Europe and North America. Raman died in December 1998.


Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers of America. Tempe, Ariz.: American Federation of Astrologers, 1988.

Raman, B. V. Astrology and Modern Thought. 5th ed. Bangalore, India: Raman Publications, 1965.

. Hindu Predictive Astrology. Bangalore: Raman Publications, 1938.

. A Manual of Hindu Astrology. Bangalore: Raman Publications, 1935.

. Notable Horoscopes. Bangalore: Raman Publications,1956.