Training in Translation

Translator's Factory

The objective of this training programme is to encourage translators to translate from French to Indian languages and vice versa

This training in translation will give young translators at the beginning of their careers the opportunity to work with other more experienced translators. They will gain a better understanding of the translation and publishing landscape in both countries.

It is supported by the richness of the Alliance française network and the French departments of partner universities.

Check our upcoming workshops.


Since 2019, the French Institute in India / Embassy of France in India has organised a one-day training workshop on translation at the eve of Jaipur Literature Festival.

In 2019, the training was facilitated by Ms. Ros Schwartz (Translator) and coordinated by Ms. Christine Cornet, head of the Book Office. The trainees worked on an abstract of Zabor, a novel written by Mr. Kamel Daoud, invited at Jaipur Literature Festival. Click here to view the photo gallery.

Training in Translation - Translator's Factory
Leila Slimani and Renuka George

In 2020, the training was animated by professional translator Ms. Renuka George and Ms. Leila Slimani, Moroccan-French author & personal representative of French President Emmanuel Macron to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Leila Slimani won the Goncourt Prize for Une chanson douce, translated in English, Bengali and very soon in Hindi. She was invited in 2020 at Jaipur Literature festival. Photo gallery.


Translator’s Factory

After these experiences, the French Institute in India has decided to create a Translator’s Factory from French to Indian languages.

This programme starts in October 2020, in collaboration with ATLAS-CITL and Sangam House.



    • To improve the quality of translations from French into Indian languages & vice versa.
    • To retain a group of francophone translators.
    • To prepare for the long term: India Guest of Honor Country at Livre Paris 2021, France Guest of Honor Country at the New Delhi World Book Fair in 2022.


Language programmes :

The programme consists of 5 online workshops, of 3 hours each, conducted every 2 months by a renowned translator.

    • French to Malayalam – conducted by Ms Dominique Vitalyos from 19 October 2020 to 14 June 2021
    • French to Hindi – conducted by Ms Annie Montaut from 10 December 2020 to 10 August 2021.

The year 2021-22 will be dedicated to translation from French to Bengali, Marathi and Tamil.

In October 2021, the most deserving candidates will get the chance to join a translator’s residency in Arles (France) and in Sangam House in Bangalore.

Translator’s Factory – Call for Application

French to Malayalam – apply before 15 September 2020:


French to Hindi – apply before 15 October 2020:

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Gallery 2020

Glimpses from 2020 workshop

Gallery 2019