Indian generative AI start-up Sarvam AI has announced that it is working with Microsoft to make its Indic voice large language model (LLM) available on Azure.
Sarvam AI is building generative AI models targeting Indic languages and contexts. The start-up aims to make the development and deployment of generative AI apps in India more accurate and cost-effective, it added in a release.
Sarvam AI’s Indic voice LLM which intends to provide a natural voice-based interface to LLMs will initially be available in Hindi. It is working to expand coverage to more Indian languages while ensuring support for colloquial language use.
Pratyush Kumar, co-founder of Sarvam AI, said: “We are very excited to collaborate with Microsoft to make advanced AI technology accessible and impactful for everyone in India. This partnership embodies our vision of ‘Sarvam’ – meaning ‘all’ – by enhancing AI’s reach across various Indian languages and sectors.”
Voice is one of the most natural interfaces for generative AI applications in Indian languages and can be applied in sectors such as education, finance, healthcare, and customer service.
The companies will also collaborate to help enterprises adopt generative AI quickly and responsibly. Vivek Raghavan, co-founder of Sarvam AI, said: “We see great synergy in combining the deep-tech expertise at Sarvam AI with Microsoft’s leadership in frontier models and the Copilot stack to empower enterprises to be successful in Generative AI”.
As part of the collaboration, Sarvam AI and Microsoft are also researching ways to better support Indian languages in Microsoft’s Generative AI frontier language models and to deploy them at scale.
“At Microsoft, we are committed to enabling AI for everyone, empowering India’s transformation into an AI-first nation.,” said Puneet Chandok, President of Microsoft India & South Asia. “Through our collaboration with Sarvam AI, we are not just supporting homegrown innovation – we are fostering a future where every individual, regardless of their language or background, can benefit from the power of voice-driven AI solutions. Together, we are taking a significant step toward enabling India’s people, communities, and organisations to achieve more.”
In December last year, Sarvam AI secured Series A funding of $41 million, with Lightspeed Venture Partners leading the investment.