Hindi is a very melodious and phonetic language. It is the national language of India and is spoken by millions of people not only in the native country, but also in several other countries. It is also the language of a long literary tradition, both in modern prose and poetry, as well as pre-modern secular and devotional poetry. In more recent times Hindi has become a dominant language of modern media, such as cinema in India and much of the content on television. A majority of Hindi speakers reside in many of the northern states of Indian, but because of its cultural and political presence, it is understood in most places in India.