Kriya Gangiah is the ultimate mix of beauty, intelligence and enthusiasm. This stylish twenty-something DJ, MC, businesswoman, actress and model attracts a lot of media attention and is currently a presenter on Jacaranda FM’s BreakfastXtra and Saturday Breakfast. Kriya hosts this show every weekday between 04:00 and 06:00 and Saturday between 06:00 and 10:00 am respectively. Kriya also presents Indian Lifestyle program “Mela” on SABC 3.
Kriya has an insatiable hunger for knowledge, as is proven by her impressive academic record. Her passion for business is also evident as she is currently a Digital Strategist at Kagiso Media, having made the move from her former position as an IT Auditor at one of South Africa’s leading firms. Kriya has also lent her promotional skills to various brands over the years in the role as Brand Ambassador for brands like Carrera, Lipsy, MINI and Catrice. Her enthusiasm and gratitude about her career are infectious, as she remains grateful to get paid to talk.
A well-balanced individual with a social conscience, Kriya manages to strike the balance between having fun whilst remaining driven when it comes to her career.
About Kriya Gangiah
Kriya’s mother is from Heidelberg in Johannesburg and her father is from Stanger in Durban. She spent her early childhood in Johannesburg and moved to Pretoria at the age of thirteen where she completed her schooling. Kriya seems to have inherited her love for music from her mother who gave birth to her shortly after attending a Rasta concert. Kriya’s diversity came across in her school career where she was involved in a range of activities including Drama, Cricket, Water Polo and even Chess club. During that time she was awarded colours for her continued selection in the national women’s Water Polo team.
Kriya spent most of her holidays in Durban with her grandparents. She remains an enthusiastic traveller and although she loves exploring South Africa she also enjoys visiting overseas destinations whenever she gets the opportunity. Kriya places a high value on her family and friends and ensures that she always makes time for her loved ones.
Kriya first became known to the South African public in 2007 when she joined the TUKS FM team. It did not take long for her career to take off. In only three years listeners could enjoy their lunchtime with Kriya as she hosted the Out to Lunch show every weekday between 12 and 3. This was the start of Kriya’s relationship with the South African media. Kriya’s diversity comes across in that she has worked in both radio and TV. She has also been featured in various print media campaigns in her capacity as a model.
Some of her career highlights include her involvement in the ad campaigns of notable companies like Coca Cola and MTN as well as her time as a presenter on ETV’s youth programme CRAZ-E from 2009 – 2013 and the South African Celebrity news show ZAlebs on SowetoTV and Glow TV. During this time she was also part of the Highveld Stereo team. In 2010 Kriya made her silver screen debut in a South African produced movie “The Race-ist”, alongside the likes of Craig Palm, Ian Roberts, DJ Fresh and Jonathan Pienaar. She also spent a year working with many of the biggest names in South African radio at online radio station Ballz Visual Radio as a producer and presenter on their show The Business.
Kriya is an avid baker and enjoys a good bubblegum milkshake in her free time.