Param Vibe is a dancer, writer, visual artist and spoken word poet. He fuses poetry, dance, character acting and abstract art to express emotions that are hard to voice and spread positive messages about mental health. A one-man juggernaut of creative energy, Param epitomizes the pioneering spirit of Mental Ideas. We tracked him down on Instagram to see if he’d be interested in representing our platform as an ambassador and resident artist. Luckily for us, he was. (Phew!)
Born in London, Param spent most of his life in Mumbai, India. He returned to London two years ago, where he met filmmaker and fellow Mental Ideas ambassador Raffaello DeGruttola. Raff immediately spotted his potential and created a short film, A Bipolar Love Story, based around Param’s work. The short was recently announced a semi-finalist at the 2019 Best Short Film Festin Ontario, Canada. It has since been nominated for Best Short Film at the 2019 NIFA Awards, USA, and the Goa International Film Festival.
With an award-winning film under his belt and his dance career in London taking off, Param suffered a frustrating setback when a knee injury severely impeded his mobility for 8 months. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, Param continued to actively (as actively as he could with a shattered knee) pursue his career and invented a brilliant chair dance!
His knee injury now fully healed, Param’s been making the most of his return to mobility. He’s currently developing a one-man show that fuses his myriad talents and passions for spoken word poetry, acting, dance and abstract art by bringing still drawings to life.
Param has been dancing for over a decade. He trained under the tutelage of Ashley Lobo at the Danceworx Company, Mumbai. He performed in competitions and commercials with big name brands in India, including FILA & Puma. As a member of the Roundhouse Street Circus Collective in London, he performed at events as part of a crew, combining circus with street dance, before focussing on fusing other art forms and breaking out as a solo artist.
Param is drawn towards mental health as a driving force for his creativity. Understanding mental illness through the lens of a performance allows audience members to feel and become more ‘present’. That instant connection to raw emotion is the power source for touching the human heart and healing the mind. Mental health recovery is all about creating the right vibe for that change to take place.
Mental Ideas is excited to be collaborating with Param across many creative art forms, including a special performance of his infamous ‘chair dance’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital, as a poet/actor/dancer on our short film strand 6 Short Love Stories, and as a guest presenter on our Mental Ideas Podcast. Below are some clips displaying Param’s innovative ‘Impromptu’ dance technique. Enjoy!