- Sharad Ponkshe (52), an Indian film actor and writer, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi cinema, was awarded prestigious Janakavi P Sawlaram Memorial Award 2019 at Thane in Maharashtra for his contribution in the field of cinema and theatre. The award consists a cash prize worth of ₹. 25,000, a citation and shawl. Also, Marathi Actress, Usha Naik was also awarded the Ganga-Jamuna Award 2019.
- Janakavi P Sawlaram Memorial Award is jointly given by the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Janakavi P Savlaram Kala Samiti.
- Ponkshe is best known for the role in the play Mi Nathuram Godse boltoy, which was based on a very sensitive issue of assassination of Gandhi & and his work in Marathi films like Vrundavan(2016),Sandook (2015)and Well Done Bhaiya (2016).