The musical score of Written in Water, co-composed by Smt. Prema Ramamurthy and Amir ElSaffar, combine influences from South Indian Carnatic, Iraqi Maqam, and American Jazz musical traditions. Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy were drawn to Amir ElSaffar’s approach to blending his Iraqi and American heritage and likewise blending his musical training in classical Iraqi Maqam and American jazz. Like Amir, Ranee and Aparna live in a multicultural world where their blended Indian and American identities are manifest in Written in Water.