Kajal Maharaj bio, age, playing Shria, children and salary

Kajal Maharaj (born 18 August 1984) is a South African television presenter, actress, dancer and model best known as the presenter of the SABC2 religious show Dharma Moments. Moreover, she can recently be seen playing Shria Rampersard on Imbewu the seed. Which airs on etv.

Full biography: Kajal Maharaj

Kajal Maharaj is a South African actress known for playing Shria on Imbewu
Kajal Maharaj is a South African actress known for playing Shria on Imbewu

Full name: Kajal Maharaj
Date of birth: 18 August 1984 (38 years old)
Place of birth: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Education: Deville Park Girls High
Alma mater: University of KwaZulu-Natal (Bsc in Marketing and Media)
Height: 1.61m to 1.62m
Occupation: Actress, Model, qualified marketer and Entrepreneur
Known for: Shria on Imbewu the seed, Dharma moments presenter,
Children: 2 sons
Siblings: Shikar Maharaj (brother)
Relationships status: Married
Net worth: $250 000
Website: www.kjlshop.co.za
Instagram: @kajalmaharajshria
Nationality: South African

The Early life of Kajal Maharaj

Kajal Maharaj was born on the 18 August 1984 in Durban, KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa. However, she was raised in Johannesburg until the age of six when her family relocated to her hometown of Durban.

Shria Rampersard from Imbewu
Shria Rampersard from Imbewu

According to safrolebs.com, Kajal is the middle child between two brothers, her elder brother and her younger brother. One of her brothers’ name is Shikar Maharaj and her uncle is Travis Singh. Other sources like pressreader seem to suggest she’s the oldest amongst her siblings. However, the article has been temporarily taken down.

How her dream of acting started

According to Kajal, she fell in love with acting at a very tender age. Then she was enrolled by her parents in speech and drama classes from the tender age of five. Moreover, she excelled in acting and modelling to such an extent that she won the ‘Ms Tinkerbell’ contest at the age of nine.

Furthermore, Kajal’s parents sacrificed their all to make sure Kajal succeeded in becoming an actress. They took her to rehearsals, auditions and provided everything she needed to see her dream becoming a reality. So, unlike most people, she had a very supportive family.


According to TVSA’s biography of Kajal. She attended Danville Park Girls High School from 1998-2002. Thereafter, she matriculated with a distinction, receiving an award for Speech and Drama. After completing her high school she qualified as a make-up artist and fashion stylist from Face 2 Face Make-Up School. Furthermore, Kajal studied for a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Marketing and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. So, she’s a qualified marketer. And uses these skills for her business.

Personal life

I know Kajal doesn’t look like a mom and you won’t believe me if I told you that she is. But hear me out. Kajal is actually a married woman and she has been blessed with two children. Two sons to be very specific. Moreover, she revealed that her family is her greatest inspiration and she does her best to balance work and family. Her family is her biggest inspiration, mostly her mom who inspired her from early age.

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According to our graphical analysis. The actresses should be around 1.61m to 1.62m tall. However, when wearing heels, she can seem very tall. Moreover, it’s important to note that these are tentative figures and such approximated sections are likely to be updated with new more reliable information.

Net worth

According to sources. The actress has a net worth of about $250 000. Which is around R3.5 million when converted in Rands.

This money was hypothetically accrued through her acting career and her business. If you would like to support the actress, do visit her store at www.kjlshop.co.za to see what she’s been up to.

Kajal is a trained dancer

While most think dancing is just a hobby to Kajal. In reality she was actually formally trained for it. Kajal recieved training in Kathak dance. By The Nateshwar Dance Academy and danced at The Playhouse company in 1995 and 1996 for Indian dance shows directed by Smeetha Maharaj. Moreover, is also trained in hip hop and modern dance.

Modelling career

Kajal began modelling from an early age, winning the “Ms Tinkerbell” contest in 1993, at the age of nine. Moreover, She modelled in the television adverts for Vodacom Beach Africa 2001 and for their fashion shows from 1999-2003. She also modelled for the NWJ Bridal fair from 2000-2006.

Kajal Maharaj started acting in the late 90s and early 2000s
Kajal Maharaj started acting in the late 90s and early 2000s

Furthermore, since 1999 she has appeared in local newspapers numerous times. Including appearances in magazines such as Mens Health, FHM, Keur, Sisters and Fairlady.

In 2004 she won the Miss India KZN pageant and competed in the Miss India SA pageant. And won awards for the Most Motivated and Most Beautiful Skin. Moreover, she won the Face of India Bollywood SA title in Gauteng in 2005, and in the same year was the face of The Pavilion night adverts and billboards in Durban.

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Kajal represented South Africa in the Miss International Tourism pageant in 2006 and was awarded the Miss Congeniality prize. She was the face of Suncoast Casino’s Summer adverts for December 2006 and January 2007. She was profiled in the SA India magazine in January 2008.

Kajal was a dancer, presenter and actor for the Lilets Road Shows that toured all of the schools in KZN in 2005. Enlightening young girls about their bodies and how to maintain self confidence.

Television career

Her stage acting debut was in the 2007 play Bad Girls Do Go To Heaven, directed by Yugan Naidoo. That same year she made her film debut, in Broken Promises 2 directed by Kumaran Naidu. Later that year she played her first leading role in film, in Kumaran Naidu’s Run for Your Life 2.

The Imbewu Shria was the host for Dharma
The Imbewu Shria was the host for Dharma

In February 2008 she took over from Kajal Bagwandeen as presenter of the SABC2 religious show Dharma Moments. A Hindu faith specific series that celebrates and affirms the ways of worship, lifestyle and faith of the Hindu community in South Africa.

Thereafter, she played the role of Veneshree on the SABC3 soapie Isidingo in December 2009. And, presented the show So FAB on DStv channel 456. In 2018 she began playing the recurring role of Shria Rampersad in the e.tv soapie Imbewu: The Seed. Of which she’s currently most famous for.

Social media

Kajal Maharaj is not on Facebook or Twitter. However, she is on tik tok with over 400K followers. Furthermore, you can follow her on Instagram @kajalmaharajshria. She has over 27.5k followers on Instagram. So, she’s clearly more active on tik tok than she is on Instagram. But she does keep both platforms up to date.