Students of the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) pass the 2021 National Student Science Competition (PIMNAS). The team consists of four students including Nurya Rachmawati (Study Programme of Anthropology/SPA, 2019), Umi Maslukah (SPA, 2019), Sayyidah Achmadah Alwiyah (Study Programme of Indonesian Language and Literature Education/SPILLE, 2018), and Muhammad Firyal Diazka (SPILLE, 2018). Siti Zurinani, M.A., a lecturer of SPA FCS UB, guides the team. This team is the only one who passed PIMNAS from the FCS UB delegation.

This activity stage started from the selection of proposals at the internal level of the faculty, selection at the university level, and then sent to Dikti. In the process, there were many reviews, both from supervisors and UB reviewers. After passing the funding, then continued research and participate in various series of events. UB also assisted to conduct the research.

It lasted for five months starting from June to October. The Nurya team presented the results of their research on Monday (09/13/2021). The type they took part in was the Student Science Competition Social Humaniores Research (PKM-RSH) with the topic of Malang’s original culture, namely the Puspasarisa Suket Puppet created by Syamsul Subakri or better known as Mbah Kardjo.

The title of this research is Unraveling Lingual to Transcendental Meanings in the Javanese Person as a Reposition of the Puspasarira Puppet Cultural Conservation in Malang City. The main goal is to maintain and restore the existence of Indonesian culture.

“Puppet is one of the cultures recognized by UNESCO. However, the current puppet culture is almost extinct, one type of puppet that is almost extinct is the Suket Puppet. Therefore, we are interested in taking this research to restore the image of the Suket Puppet culture,” said Nurya.

Currently, the Nurya team is preparing its research towards PIMNAS which will take place at the end of October.

“We gained a lot of experience during the research, starting from how we have to go directly to obtain data, process data to be used as research reports, we can also provide a lot of knowledge about what should be in research, and how to write a good journal,” she said.

“With this research, I can apply the knowledge that I have gained during my studies. I also got to know a lot about the Puspasarira Suket Puppet, starting from the history, the manufacturing process, to its philosophy,” she added.

“After this research is carried out, we hope that Puspasarira Suket Puppet will be better known by the public. Thus, the uniqueness that we display hopefully can make people, especially young people, prouder of the culture of the archipelago. We also hope that the government, both central and regional, can give appreciation and empowerment to cultural artists such as this Suket Puppet artist,” she concluded. [DTS/MSH/PR FCS]