Haveli Le Prince, Fatehpur
The first restoration site of The Shekhawati Project is Le Prince Haveli in Fatehpur.
A first phase has taken place from February to April 2017 and a second one from November 2017 to March 2018. We are now starting a new phase which will take place from January 2019 to March 2019.
Gathering several experts taking turns to teach scientific techniques to students from France, India, Italy and Switzerland, and Australia. The goal of this project is threefold: restoring a unique haveli, transmitting knowhow and raising public awareness as to the importance of this heritage.
Le Prince Haveli, an exemple in the region
Le Prince Haveli was built in the mid-19th century by the Devra Family, rich Marwari merchants of Fatehpur, who had established their business there because of the strategic location of Shekhawati.
Abandoned during the 1950s because business had moved to larger cities, the haveli was discovered by a French artist, Nadine Le Prince, in 1998. In 1999, she bought it in order to preserve this unique heritage and spent 18 years bringing it back to life. Aiming to bring together Indian and French culture, she created an international cultural centre with two art galleries, welcoming resident artists.
Since November 2016, Nadine Le Prince’s son, photographer Joël Cadiou has turned it into a heritage hotel. The haveli is also open to the public and guided visits are organized every day.
Le Prince Haveli is a major attraction in Fatehpur. Yet, despite the major restoration work originally carried out by local craftsmen, the haveli's murals now require a stable and lasting scientific restoration, according to the ethical standards of conservation. That is just what The Shekhawati Project team intend to do.
Video about the beauty of Fatehpur by Joël Cadiou & Jil Troin Guis