iikonz The Upskilling Academy

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About iikonz

iikonz’ journey began with Priya Balasubramanian, a mother of two children, who developed a passion towards storytelling. Priya went on to train as a career analyst, life coach, trainer and a counselor. She started a forum called Kadhaikalam Vaangaa storyteller’s platform through which Priya trained, coached and counseled over 100 people, kids and adults alike. iikonz is an offspring of Kadhaikalam Vaanga, designed to impart training through extensive use of storytelling and theatre-based activities.

Online Programs


Peek-a-Book (4-6 Yrs)

Our Peek-a-Book program introduces your kid to the magical world of books. This is a storytelling- and phonics-based, online coaching program for little readers of ages 4 to 6 years.
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Grow Minds (7-10 Yrs)

The main focus of the Grow Minds program is value education and social-emotional learning, which helps develop children’s character and self-awareness.

Ignite Minds (11-14 Yrs)

Ignite Minds, the ultimate online life skills coaching program for tweens and teens, equips youngsters to handle the challenges present in today’s fast-paced, competitive world.



Priya coach is amazing. I did story telling session with her and it was wonderful. So many technique she taught, her workshop leading skill is amazing. She also gives lot of worksheets, resources once the course ends. She gives feedback for every session and monitors too. After the session too she takes care if we need any support. I am so happy to be part of her story telling sessions.. Looking forward for more and more sessions.

Iyengar Mythily

Storytelling Workshop for Teachers


Wonderful guidance to identify our own self interest. All her sessions were thought provoking. Both an individual and team spirits were brought out during sessions

Preethi Padmanaban

Storytelling Workshop for Adults


I got a positive vibration on attending this class,this was one of the excellent period in which, I learnt some interesting stuff by Different methods such as Discussions ,and etc,I enjoyed a lot in this few sessions itself , I am thinking that ,these few sessions itself was really joyful and if I had a long period of ignite Minds sessions, it would be exactly......I have no words say.... And Priya Mam was a great friendly teacher, not to say as a teacher, I'll say as a superb friend.......teaching, playing, friendly behavior, all impressed me and now I want continue I hope my wish comes true....😊🤗🥰🤔

Amritaa.S .Useful

Student of Ignite Minds

About The Founder

Priya Balasubramanian is a certified career analyst, professional storyteller, and a theatre practitioner. Priya is a passionate storyteller, life coach, career counselor, and trainer with 3 years of experience as a freelance storyteller, life skills trainer, and career counselor and coach for children and adults.

As a school counselor and student empowerment coach, her vision is to help children achieve their fullest potential. Priya is curious and passionate about continuous learning and establishing valuable connections, and seeks to impart the same values through her training. Priya applies the skills and knowledge acquired by her through her training as a career counselor and life coach to make effective use of storytelling for counseling, coaching, and therapy to ensure high retention and recall. She develops solutions based on individuals’ strengths, taking into consideration the emotional and interpersonal challenges in their lives. Priya is a big believer of planning a few steps ahead to grab all potential opportunities and turning adversities in your favour.

Priya Balasubramanian

Founder iikonz

Benefits of Our Programs

Perfect opportunity for kids to improve reading skills.

Teens and tweens can improve public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Teachers an parents can learn how to use storytelling to support the overall development of kids.
Develop story telling and theatre skills for effective public speaking and workplace communications.