Amongst various others, her famous lavanis include "Tuzhya Usala Laagal Kolha", "Padarawarti Jartaricha" both from film Malhari Martand (1965), "Solaawa Varees Dhokyacha", "Kasa Kai Patil Bara Hai Ka?" both from film Sawaal Majha Aika! (1964). Sulochana started her career at a very early age. While she was still 6–7 years old, she used to be part of local dramas playing role of Krishna in garbas.
She then started acting in Gujarati theatre.
She took lessons in Urdu language and also worked in Hindi-Urdu plays. She also worked in some Punjabi and Tamil films.
She was introduced to the music director Shyambabu Pathak by makeup artist Dandekar. She then started going to V. Shantaram"s Rajkamal Studios with her mother to take lessons in singing.
At the age of 11, Chavan started singing professionally.
She was credited as K. Sulochana after her maiden surname Kadam. Her first lavani was "Naav Gaav Kashyala Pustat? Aaho Maine Aahe Kolhapurchi, Mala Ho Mhantat Lavangi Mirchi" for the film Rangalya Raatri Asha where the music was composed by Vasant Pawar and the lyrics were penned by Jagdish Khebudkar. Chavan later went on to sing many lavanis through films as well as doing stage performances.