Kajal Bagwandeen (DBN) (JHB)

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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 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.