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Kajal Joins Isidingo

Durban born actor and television presenter Kajal Bagwandeen recently landed another role in one of SA’s most popular soapie Isidingo, The Need. Kajal is no stranger to television, she quickly became a popular face on television after presenting for Dharma moments, and Eastern Mosaic then landing the roles of Asha on SABC2’s 7delaan. Kajal will play the role of Devina.

There’s an interesting turn of events at The Deep, Prada’s grandfather passes away and leaves him and his brother R1 million inheritance. The good news about Prada’s grandfather’s will is tempered with a dramatic twist.

The will contains a clause that neither brother will receive a cent until they are both married; to a woman! What will Prada do when Devina, the blushing bride appears on the scene?

“It’s been wonderful shooting with the team. Everyone made me feel part of the family which is always welcoming when you’re the newbie. As an actress, working in a new professional environment helps you grow and just being able to practice your craft amongst other talented people makes the experience all the more exciting” says Kajal. You can be sure that this vivacious lady will continue to grace your screens, stages and glossy pages!

Kajal graduated with an honour’s degree in accounting, auditing and taxation but through her love and passion for the entertainment industry she made up her mind and gave up her Chartered Accountant career path to focus on her performing career. Her first big stage role include the glamorous musical Bombay Crush which was directed by Junaid Ahmed, choreographed by Jay Pather and produced by Video Vision entertainment where she played the lead female role.

She was subsequently seen in many musicals and stage dramas. She is also no stranger to the SA film industry and feels positive about the growth of the South African entertainment industry. One of her recent career highlights include presenting on the red carpet and performing for the star studded SAIFTA’s (South African, India, Film and Television Awards) launch.

Lookout for Kajal from the 6th of August 2013, 7.30pm only on SABC 3 Monday to Friday.

About Kajal

Kajal Bagwandeen is a South African actress, dancer and model best known for presenting the religious-themed SABC2 magazine show Dharma Moments, since November 2006.

She was also a guest presenter for the SABC2 magazine show Eastern Mosaic in November 2006. Her parents are Vikram and Sushiela Bagwandeen and she has two sisters, Kashmir and Khinali. Born and raised in Durban, Kajal attended Ridge Park College, from 1997-2001. She was a class captain for four of her five years at the school, and a prefect in her final year.After leaving school she studied for a Bcomm Honours degree in accounting, auditing, taxation and managerial finance at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She graduated in 2005.

From 1991-2003, Kajal had classical Kathak and Indian Modern dance training from the Nateshwar Dance Academy in Durban. Although meticulously trained in North Indian classical dance style Kathak, she is also accomplished at contemporary, film, modern, hip hop and Indian folk dancing.She now performs for the company.In 2004 Kajal was the first princess in the Miss India SA pageant. She has modeled in numerous campaigns, including Spoornet, McDonalds International and the SABC2 national anthem music video (all in 2003), and was the face of Chalo Cinema in 2006/6.

She was also the lead dancer in Chalo Cinema 3, which runs at the Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg from 27 November – 3 December, 2007.In 2004 she was one of 12 finalists in the e.tv Backstage Superstar competition. Kajal is known in Durban theatrical circles for dancing one of the lead roles in the hit show Chalo Cinema and Chalo Cinema 2 at The Playhouse, in 2005 and 2006.

She was also the lead actress in Bombay Crush at the Sibaya Izulu Theatre, from 2005-2006; and a supporting actress in Bombay Duck – The Movie (2004), which was released at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. In 2006 she had a guest presenting role on Eastern Mosaic, and since November that year has presented Dharma Moments. She is also a dance instructor and dance academy accountant at the Nateshwar Dance Academy, since 2002. She tutors Indian Classical and modern dance to students. Kajal was nominated for Best Female Dancer at the 2007 Copy Dog Awards, and as Best Newcomer at the KZN Dance Link Awards, also in 2007. She currently resides in Morningside, Durban.